Home Care Post-Operative Instructions

Home Care Post-Operative Instructions

Once your endodontic treatment is complete, your continued comfort is important to us. Please wait to eat or drink on the affected side until after the numbness has worn off. This usually occurs within 1-2 hours. Your lip may be numb and you will not feel it if you bite it or burn it with hot liquid.

Discomfort in the area for a few days is common; however, pain may linger for a period of a few weeks. The gums may be sore, and the tooth may be tender when biting or chewing. Avoid chewing on the affected side until all tenderness is gone and you have received your permanent restoration.

If your medical history allows, Ibuprofen, naproxen or ketoprofen (e.g., Advil, Aleve, or Orudis). If you are able to take aspirin and Ibuprofen, we recommend that you take Ibuprofen 600mg (with food) every 6 hours for up to 3 days. We recommend breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bedtime. If you cannot take Ibuprofen or aspirin, you may substitute acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed. If you have been prescribed a narcotic analgesic that contains Tylenol, you may substitute this medication for the regular Tylenol. Please do not mix the narcotic/Tylenol combo with regular Tylenol. Depending on your health, the maximum dose of Tylenol that can be safely taken in one day is 4000mg. Soaking your mouth with warm salt water rinses (tablespoon of table salt in a warm glass of water) can reduce inflammation. Ice packs utilized over the affected area can reduce inflammation. Do not place heat packs or a heating pad for this can lead to swelling. NOTE: Alcohol intake is not advised while taking any of these medications.

Please take any other prescribed medications (antibiotics and/or pain medications) as directed. A prescription for pain is meant to help you with usual discomfort occurring during the first couple of days. In the unlikely event that swelling, fever or severe pain should occur, please call this office promptly.

A post-operative report is being sent to your dentist informing him/her that endodontic treatment has been completed. Occasionally, we are able to complete the final restoration on the tooth and there is no need to see your general dentist for any additional treatment. In most cases; however, the opening in your tooth has been sealed temporarily. If we have not done so already, PLEASE TELEPHONE YOUR DENTIST PROMPTLY FOR AN APPOINTMENT TO PLACE A FINAL RESTORATION. We recommend you set up an appointment with your dentist within the next 2-4 weeks. Your dentist is best qualified to determine how to restore your tooth. Frequently it is necessary for this tooth to receive additional protection in the form of a full coverage restoration (onlay or crown/cap). This will protect the tooth against fracture or infection. Delay in obtaining a final restoration may result in a fracture, failure of the root canal or even possible loss of the tooth.

You may need to return to our office within 6-12 months for re-evaluation of the treated area. If necessary, you will receive a phone call or post card in the mail.