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Victoria Endodontics
Certified Specialists in Endodontics
Dr. Sukhman Chahal
Endodontic After Care

What to do after Endodontic Treatment:


  • Avoid eating or drinking hot fluids until the local anesthetic has worn off. The anesthetic will generally last from 1-2 hours following the completion of your treatment.

  • Avoid chewing on the treated tooth until it is feeling better and the permanent filling or final crown has been placed.

  • Avoid “testing” or touching the tooth with your fingers or tongue as this causes the pain to last longer.

  • It is normal to experience discomfort with a tooth that has been treated, especially for the first 3 days. Sensitivity to biting can last up to three weeks after which time is should gradually reduce.

  • To reduce sensitivity, use Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 600mg, four times a day for the first 2-3 days. If other medication(s) have been prescribed, use them according to directions. If pain is more severe then you may take acetaminophen (Tylenol) 650mg-1000mg along with the Advil. If you are unable to take Advil then take Tylenol.
  • In some cases a “flare-up” can occur 1-2 days after treatment. Please notify our office at 250-361-3636 in the event of significant swelling or pain.



  • After your first appointment a temporary filling has been placed in your tooth.  This is white, soft filling that may sink deeper into the tooth after a couple of days. Avoid chewing on your tooth with the temporary filling as the tooth is currently in a weaker state. If you lose the temporary filling please call our office.


  • A permanent filling has been placed in your tooth. A crown is recommended on all posterior root canal treated teeth. If you do not already have an existing crown on your tooth, please discuss the necessity and timing of this procedure with your family dentist.
  • In the event that a temporary filling was placed instead of a permanent filling, you must return to your family dentist in within 1 month to have the permanent filling placed.
  • A complete report of the endodontic treatment will be forwarded to your family dentist. A yearly radiographic of the treated tooth is recommended. Your dentist can provide this for you at your annual check-ups.