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What medications will I need for a root canal?

A dentist may prescribe antibiotics before a root canal procedure to improve the chances of a successful outcome. Antibiotics are usually continued after the procedure as well. The dentist may also recommend the use of a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicine like ibuprofen or naproxen (available over the counter), or oxaprozin or ketoralac (prescription only) after the procedure. This can reduce inflammation and improve healing. In some cases, the dentist may prescribe a codeine type of pain reliever to be used short-term.

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