When an anesthetic has been used, your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has completely worn off. It is very easy to bite or burn your tongue or lip while you are numb.
The Injection sites may be sore for a period of up to 12 hours . We recommend Ibuprofen (Motrin) or Tylenol to alleviate the tenderness.
The next step would be to return to have the crown fabricated to protect the tooth from fracture. Until then, be careful not to place too much force on the tooth. It is important not to wait too long between the root canal treatment and receiving the final crown because the risk of fracture increases. In many cases, a post is fabricated prior to placement of the crown to add stability and structure to the tooth receiving the crown.
Post-op Instructions for a Root Canal