After Care Instructions

Following your treatment appointment, wait until the local anesthetic wears off to eat; you can accidentally chew your lip, cheek or tongue without realizing it. Then, soft foods that don’t require a lot of chewing are best. Give your tooth a chance to “rest” for a couple of days. Try to chew on the other side, even if your tooth isn’t bothering you; avoiding additional trauma to the tooth can help prevent flare-ups and speed healing.

Your tooth and surrounding gum tissue may be slightly tender for a couple of days as a result of manipulation during treatment and the previous condition of your tooth. This tenderness is normal and is no cause for alarm. Inflammation can be significantly diminished by taking a 24 hour regimen of anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin).

In some cases, your doctor will prescribe a stronger pain reliever which can be added to the anti-inflammatory.

If an antibiotic was prescribed for you, please follow the written directions carefully.

Should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled with the suggested options, or if swelling develops, contact our office promptly.

If you experience any adverse reaction to a medication, such as severe nausea/vomiting, breathing problems, skin rash, etc., STOP taking the medication and call this office or 911 if necessary.

NOTE: The above statement is for general information purposes only; the doctor will give each individual patient post-operative instructions specific to their own health condition.

The office telephone is answered day and night. If you need to call after hours, our voicemail system tells you how to reach the doctors or another endodontist who may occasionally be on call. Please listen carefully to the recording for full instructions and have your pharmacy number available.

If you have any questions, please call our office.