Post Treatment Care Instructions
What To Do After Endodontic Treatment
After your treatment, Dr. Grossman or Dr. Geisler will give you instructions for proper pain management and dental care during the recovery process leading up to your follow-up visit. It is critical to follow these guidelines, particularly since you have a temporary filling. Wait until the numbing medication wears off before eating, and avoid using the treated tooth for chewing until it has been fully restored. Continue to brush and floss daily as usual.
Managing Post-Operative Symptoms
As the numbing medication from the procedure wears off in most cases there will be little to no discomfort. Rarely, however, there can be some tenderness ranging from minor to severe discomfort that can last anywhere from 2 – 14 days. This is a variation (although rare) of normal healing. If you are taking an antibiotic you must finish the prescription.
You may opt to take nothing after the procedure and in most cases be fine but some patients may feel the need to take some medication for pain in an attempt to minimize any discomfort. In that case, you may take 2 Advil (Ibuprophen) 200 mg. Each, and 1 regular strength (NOT extra strength) Tylenol (Acetaminophen 325mg.), together at the same time a.s.a.p. after the procedure. This same combination can be taken up to 4 times per day MAXIMUM as required for pain.
When To Contact Us
Everyone’s post-operation experience will be slightly different, and the tooth that received treatment will feel different from your other teeth for some time. However, if you experience any of these symptoms, contact us immediately:
- Severe pain or pressure lasting longer than a few days
- Visible swelling inside or outside your mouth
- Allergic reaction to the medication (including itching, hives, or a rash)
- An uneven feeling to your bite
- A return of symptoms from before treatment
- The temporary filling or crown falling out
If you have any questions, just call us at (905) 668-6747.