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Root canal treatment is an effective and safe treatment used to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth instead of removing it. Saving a natural tooth avoids having to replace it with an artificial tooth. At Innes Dental Clinic in Orleans, we stay abreast of the latest dental technologies and modern local anesthetics. Our root canal procedures ensure utmost comfort, with most patients experiencing minimal to no pain during the treatment. Enduring the discomfort of a decaying tooth is often far more distressing than the procedure itself. If you're grappling with tooth pain or suspect you might benefit from a root canal, don't hesitate. Contact us today to book an appointment.

Symptoms of Infection

Our team may recommend root canal treatment to remove the diseased pulp if you experience any of the following symptoms:

Visible injury

Swelling in gums

Temperature sensitivity

Pressure and pain in gums and tooth


Root canals are a common dental procedure designed to save a severely damaged or infected tooth. Proper care after a root canal is crucial to ensure the tooth heals effectively and remains healthy. Here's an expanded look at what you should know about post-root canal care:

  • Gentle Oral Hygiene: Continue to brush your teeth as you normally would, but be extra gentle around the treated tooth. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush to avoid damaging the temporary filling.

  • Avoid Chewing: Refrain from biting or chewing with the treated tooth until a permanent filling or crown has been placed. This precaution helps protect the tooth from further damage or contamination.

  • Pain Management: It's common to experience some discomfort or mild pain after a root canal. Over-the-counter pain relievers, as recommended by your dentist, can help alleviate this discomfort.

  • Dietary Adjustments: For the first few days after the procedure, avoid consuming hard or crunchy foods on the side of your mouth that underwent the root canal. Opt for softer foods to minimize stress on the treated tooth.

  • Tobacco Abstinence: Smoking or using tobacco products can impede the healing process and increase the risk of complications. It's advisable to abstain from tobacco during the post-root canal healing period.

  • Follow-Up Appointments: Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments with your dentist. These appointments are essential for transitioning from the temporary filling to a permanent one or for placing a crown on the treated tooth.

  • Watch for Warning Signs: Pay attention to your oral health and any unusual symptoms. If you experience intense pain, swelling, fever, or any other concerning symptoms, contact your dentist immediately. These could be indicators of a complication that requires prompt attention.

Root canals are highly successful procedures that can save a damaged tooth and relieve pain. Following these post-root canal care guidelines will help ensure the success of the treatment and maintain your oral health. If you suspect you need a root canal or are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, visit our dentists in Orleans for a thorough evaluation.

Root Canal Process

The success of root canal treatment occurs in nearly 90% of cases. The process involves removing the infected or injured tissue (pulp) from inside the crown and roots of a tooth.  Once cleaned, the canal is disinfected, filled and sealed.

Root Canal Aftercare

After completion of the root canal, the dentist places a temporary filling. You will then be scheduled for an appointment for a permanent restoration within two weeks. The dentist will evaluate the restoration required for tooth protection and usually protect your tooth with a crown.


Wondering how to care for your tooth post-root canal? Here's what you should know:

  • Brush your teeth as usual, but be extra gentle around the treated tooth to protect the temporary filling.

  • Refrain from biting or chewing with the treated tooth until a permanent filling or crown has been installed.

  • Use over-the-counter pain relievers to help ease any potential pain or discomfort.

  • For the initial days post-treatment, steer clear of hard or crunchy foods on the side of the mouth that underwent the procedure.

  • Abstain from tobacco products; they can impede the healing process.

  • Ensure you attend your subsequent dentist appointment to transition from the temporary filling to a permanent one or to have a crown placed.

Should you encounter intense pain, swelling, fever, or any unusual symptoms, reach out to our dentist immediately.

We Get to the Root of the Problem

Let our qualified and experienced dentist preserve your natural tooth.

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