AFTER ENDODONTIC TREATMENT
You can expect to have soreness and/or discomfort with your tooth and surrounding gum tissue as a result of manipulation during treatment and previous condition of your tooth. This is normal and can last from several days to a few weeks. DO NOT CHEW on the affected side until your endodontic therapy is completed and your tooth is protected with a permanent restoration provided by your general dentist. You may continue your normal dental hygiene regimen.
Discomfort can be managed by ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin) 600 mg (3 over-the-counter 200mg tablets) with acetaminophen (Tylenol) 650mg (2 over-the-counter 325mg tablets) every 6 hours as needed for pain. DO NOT exceed the maximum daily dose written on the bottles. These should be taken with food. If you are unable to take the Tylenol, we recommend taking 800 mg of Ibuprofen every 8 hours. If you cannot take ibuprofen (instructed by your physician or you are on blood thinners), 1000 mg acetaminophen (Tylenol) every 8 hours is the best substitute. If you are unsure if you can take ibuprofen or Tylenol, please consult your physician or pharmacist. The doctor will give prescription medications if necessary. Take the medications as needed for pain. Prescribed pain relievers are to be taken at night. DO NOT DRIVE or operate heavy machinery while on this medication as they may have a sedative effect.
If you are prescribed an antibiotic, take it as directed with food until gone. As with any medication, if you notice itching, rash, upset stomach, or difficulty breathing, stop the medication immediately and contact the doctor. NOTE: Antibiotics can decrease the effectiveness of contraceptive medications.
AFTER ENDODONTIC TREATMENT
After the procedure is completed, you will have a temporary filling sealing the outer surface of your tooth. YOU MUST contact your general dentist and make an appointment for a build-up and/or crown WITHIN 30 DAYS, but the sooner the better. This will prevent fracture of your tooth and/or contamination of your root canal system which may require retreatment or extraction.
Wait 1 hour before eating/drinking so the temporary filling can fully set-up. Please refrain from eating until local anesthesia has worn off to prevent biting cheek, tongue, and/or lip. Eat whatever feels comfortable to you. DO NOT eat any foods that are hard, crunchy, sticky, or chewy on the affected side until you have your permanent crown. We advise you to refrain from touching, tapping, and/or pushing on the tooth, as this will elicit unnecessary discomfort following root canal treatment and may delay healing.