Root Canal Post-Care Instructions

Proper care of the mouth following most dental procedures can reduce complications and speed the healing of the surgical area. Please do not hesitate to call us if any questions arise.

1. PROTECTION OF THE BLOOD CLOT – Do not stretch or pull the suture near the surgical site.

2. DO NOT RINSE – Do not rinse or use mouthwash for at least 24 hours. After 24 hours, rinse with warm salt water (½ teaspoon table salt in 8 oz. warm water) every 1-2 hours. The use of commercial mouthwash is not recommended.

3. DISCOMFORT – It is normal to experience some discomfort for several days after a root canal appointment, especially when chewing. To control discomfort, take pain medication as recommended. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone.

4. CLEANING – A toothbrush may be carefully used in the area of the mouth NOT involved in the surgical procedure. A clean mouth heals faster.

5. EATING – Adequate food and fluid intake following surgery and/or general extraction is very important. If you find that eating your regular diet is too difficult, you may supplement your diet with liquids, such as Carnation Instant Breakfast etc.

6. AVOID – Avoid any strenuous activity, alcoholic beverages and smoking until healing is well established. This keeps your blood pressure lower, reduces bleeding, and helps the healing process. Do not touch the surgical area and avoid consuming liquids through a straw.

7. SUTURES – If used, DO NOT FAIL to return to your postoperative appointment for suture removal. It is normal for the sutures to fall out on their own after 1-4 days.

8.SWELLING – Control swelling by gently applying ice packs to the area for periods of 20 minutes on, 10 minutes off during the first 2 hours after surgery.
OPTIONAL: After the first 2 hours, apply warm compresses (wash cloths run under warm water and rung out) to the face for another 48 hours. Swelling reaches its maximum usually at 48 hours AFTER surgery.

9. ALLERGIC REACTIONS – If you experience generalized rash, itching, etc., call the office immediately.


Please call us at (303) 893-3636.