Post-operative Instructions

Post Operative Instructions

After today’s Endodontic treatment, it is possible that your tooth and its surrounding tissue be tender for several days. There is no cause for alarm since this is a perfectly normal reaction of your tooth to the previous condition and the manipulation within the root canal during treatment. The following is to be expected after treatment:

  • Soreness (tooth/teeth and gums) for a few days.
  • Tenderness on chewing for approximately 2 weeks.

To prevent or lessen the severity of post-operative sensitivity the following measures should be taken:

  • (OTC) Take 600mg (three 200mg tabs) of Advil, Motrin or Ibuprofen three times a day (with your meal) for the next three days (including today); this should be adequate to control inflammation.
  • If you are unable to take an anti-inflammatory (or aspirin derivative) Tylenol or other pain medicines should suffice.
  • Warm salt-water rinses may help to alleviate tenderness in the tissue around your tooth. A teaspoon of salt in a glassful of warm tap water is mixed, and a mouthful held in the area of the tooth for 30 seconds. Repeat this until glass is finished. This helps draw out fluid pressure from around the tooth.
  • While the tooth is tender, chew carefully in the area. Furthermore, DO NOT chew hard food in the area until you receive your permanent restoration (i.e. permanent crown or permanent filling).
  • If the temporary filling(s) should come out, it can be replaced by purchasing a temporary dental material found in the dental aisle of your pharmacy.
  • Please call us if pain or swelling persists more than a few days.

If you have any questions or problems concerning your treatment, do not hesitate to call the office at 813-284-7959.