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Root canal therapy is necessary if the nerve or pulp of your tooth becomes infected or decayed. The treatment is simple and it relieves the pain you have been feeling for the last few days. During the treatment, the dentist or endodontist removes the pulp or nerve and then cleans and seals the tooth. If you have recently undergone this treatment, it is extremely important to properly recover, and we recommend doing so by doing the following things:

Take prescribed medications
Medications will help you relieve the soreness and discomfort you might feel after the treatment, so make sure you take the prescribed medications as suggested. If you have not received any prescribed medications, you can take over-the-counter medication, like Advil or Motrin.

Avoid using that tooth
We strongly recommend that you avoid using the treated tooth if your doctor has not yet filled it with a dental filling or covered it with a dental crown. Chewing with this tooth could cause recontamination or infection.

Brush and floss
It is best that you brush and floss your teeth like you normally would. That way, your smile remains healthy, strong, and clean, and it has the best chance at having a full recovery.

Watch out for problems
If you experience any of the following problems, please call your dentist or endodontist as soon as possible:

· Oral swelling
· An allergic reaction to the medication
· A return of original symptoms
· An uneven bite

It is generally recommended that you rest at least 24 hours after root canal treatment. However, if your doctor recommends longer rest time, please follow his directions.

If you would like specific instructions from your doctor, please feel free to call North Fork Dental Care and schedule an appointment with Dr. James Thomason. We will be happy to help you if you simply call 208-356-3012 today!