1. Discomfort following root canal therapy is normal. If medication is prescribed, take as instructed. It may take twenty minutes or more before the medication is effective.
  2. If discomfort or swelling persists for any length of time, the tooth may need additional treatment. You should make the doctor aware of this as soon as possible.
  3. Eating: Adequate food and fluid intake following therapy is very important. You may eat as soon as the numbness wears off. However, stay on a soft diet and try to eat on the side of your mouth that is opposite the side where the tooth was treated. Biting on any hard food products may cause the tooth to fracture. A crown is always recommended after root canal treatment as a final restoration to prevent such a fracture from occurring in the future.
  4. A temporary restoration has been placed to cover the exposed area leading into the root canal system. If this restoration happens to fall out we will need to replace it in order to protect the tooth and keep the bacteria out.
  5. Avoid all excessive and strenuous activities after therapy.
  6. Allergic reactions: generalized rash, itching, etc., discontinue all medications immediately and call Dr. Garofalo. Another antibiotic or medication may need to be prescribed for you.


Please call our office if any questions arise, 908-647-6220.