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Home Care Instructions

What should I expect following Endodontic treatment?

It is normal to feel some tenderness in the area over the next two weeks as your body undergoes the natural healing process. Your tooth and surrounding gum tissue may be slightly tender for several days as a result of manipulation during treatment and previous condition of your tooth.  This tenderness is normal and is no cause for alarm. You may also feel some tenderness in your jaw for keeping it open for an extended period of time.  These symptoms are temporary and usually respond very well to over the counter pain medication by taking ibuprofen (Advil), aspirin, or acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed or medication prescribed by your Endodontist.  It is very important for you to follow the instructions on the usage of these medications.  Remember that narcotic medication, if prescribed, may cause drowsiness and caution should be exercised in operating dangerous machinery or driving a car when taken.

Do not chew food on the affected side until your endodontic therapy is completed and your tooth is covered with a protective restoration provided by your restorative dentist. You may continue your regular dental hygiene regimen. 

Please telephone your restorative dentist for an appointment.  Your tooth is more prone to fracture immediately after endodontic treatment. You should chew on the other side until your restorative dentist has placed a core build-up and a protective restoration, usually a crown. If your tooth strength is seriously compromised, your endodontist or restorative dentist may place a post and core build-up inside the tooth. Your restorative dentist and endodontist will determine the appropriate restoration to best protect your tooth. 

Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your root canal treatment has been completed.  However, if you have severe pain or pressure that lasts more than a couple of weeks or should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled with the above listed medications, or should swelling develop, please contact our office immediately.  

NOTE:Alcohol intake is not advised while taking any medication

The office telephone is answered day and night. If you need to call after hours, please have your pharmacy number available.