What to Expect after Endodontic Therapy
- It is not unusual to have postoperative discomfort for several days following endodontic therapy, as cleaning the root canals may cause inflammation of the tissue surrounding the tooth.
- You may have been given a prescription for this discomfort. If not, simply taking over-the-counter analgesics should control the discomfort. For patients not allergic to anti-inflammatory medications or aspirin, we recommend 2 Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) with 1 extra strength Tylenol every 4-6 hours. IT IS IMPORTANT NOT TO LET THESE MEDICATIONS WEAR OFF BETWEEN DOSES. THEY ARE MORE EFFECTIVE IF TAKEN CONSISTENTLY. These medications can be discontinued when there is no more discomfort.
- Sometimes antibiotics are prescribed to help control infection. Please take all medications as directed. PLEASE COMPLETE THE ENTIRE PRESCRIPTION AS INFECTION COULD OTHERWISE RECUR.
- DO NOT CHEW ON THE SIDE OF THE MOUTH WHERE THE TOOTH IS BEING TREATED AT LEAST UNTIL THE COMPLETION OF ENDODONTIC THERAPY. Please be especially careful not to chew hard foods as they may irritate the area or can cause the tooth to crack.
- If swelling occurs or worsens, please call our office immediately.
- After root canal therapy has been completed on your tooth, you MUST RETURN TO YOUR DENTIST to have the tooth restored. The temporary filling placed in your tooth should be replaced by a permanent restoration within the next few weeks. If not replaced, the temporary filling will eventually loosen resulting in re-infections of your tooth.
- If any unusual problems should occur during the course of endodontic treatment or if pain medications prescribed are not effective, please call our office.
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