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Will there be pain or numbness after treatment?
It is common for the treated tooth and surrounding areas to be uncomfortable for up to three days after treatment due to inflammation in the tissues surrounding the tooth. The inflammation may take a few days to settle down and mild analgesics may be required. However, if you experience severe pain, or if your discomfort lasts for more than a few days, you should contact our friendly team. Be aware that some treated teeth may remain tender to bite on for 4-6 weeks and, in a small number of cases, treated teeth can have a slightly different sensation than your other teeth.
Can I eat/drink after treatment?
Yes, you can eat and drink after treatment. However, it is important to be careful not to bite or burn your mouth while the numbness wears off. Softer foods are advisable, but not critical, in the first few days following the procedure and while tenderness remains.
Can I go to work or travel after treatment?
Yes. Root canal treatment is generally carried out using local anaesthetic, so there is no problem with you going to work or travelling immediately after treatment. If you wish to take a moment before driving, you are more than welcome to enjoy a tea, coffee or water in our waiting room.
If you have taken any medication prior to treatment or had treatment under general anaesthetic or intravenous sedation, we do require you to be collected by a responsible adult.
Because I have had root canal treatment, will my other teeth need treatment too?
There is no higher risk of your other teeth needing root canal treatment, as a result of this treatment.