General Home Care

Your tooth and surrounding gum tissue may be slightly tender for several days as a result of manipulation, treatment, and the previous condition of your tooth. This tenderness is normal and is no cause for alarm. You may continue your regular dental hygiene regimen.

If your medical history allows, discomfort may be alleviated by taking 600mg Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil which is equivalent to 3 over the counter tablets, every 6 hours), Aspirin, or Acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed. These should be taken with food. Alcohol intake is not advised while taking any of these medications. Should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled by the above-listed medications, or should swelling develop, please contact our office immediately. Our office telephone is answered day and night. If you need to call after hours, please have your pharmacy phone number available.

After non-surgical endodontic treatment

Endodontic treatment has now been completed. The root canal system has been permanently sealed. However, the outer surface is sealed with a temporary restoration. A follow-up restoration must be placed to protect your tooth against fracture and decay. Do not chew on the tooth until the final restoration is placed. Please call your restorative dentist for an appointment. A complete report of treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist.

After surgical endodontic treatment

• Apply ice (in a plastic bag or ice pack) to face, 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off. Repeat all day today. This will keep swelling to a minimum.
• If swelling occurs, it will reach its peak by the 2nd day and then gradually diminish. Discoloration may also be seen following surgery.
• Slight bleeding can be expected during the first day of surgery. If excessive bleeding occurs place a wet tea bag inside the mouth at the surgical area and press firmly on OUTSIDE of cheek for 1/2 hour. Keep head elevated. If bleeding persists, call the office.
• Do NOT raise the lip to look at operated area. It is possible to tear the stitches accidentally, open the incision and delay healing.
• Do NOT brush or rinse your mouth in the surgical area for the first 48 hours. Do NOT use a rotary toothbrush or water-pick for 7 days after the surgery.
• Eat a soft diet; mashed potatoes, yogurt, soup, fruit juices, eggs, malted milk, ice cream etc. Avoid hard food or other chewy food (steak, toast) until sutures come out.
• Drink plenty of liquids. If possible, avoid hot drinks for the first 24 hours. Do NOT drink through a straw.