Post-Op Instructions

Post-Operative Instructions

Post-Operative Instructions following Root Canal Therapy:

  1. A temporary filling has been placed in the access opening of your tooth. The temporary filling is not suitable for long-term use. The tooth must be permanently restored by your general dentist within the next 30 days. Your general dentist will decide which type of permanent restoration is appropriate for your tooth.
  2. We will send a final report and x-rays to your general dentist. Please contact his/her office to schedule an appointment.
  3. It is normal to experience some post-operative discomfort including sensitivity to bite and pressure.
  4. The tooth may be tender for several days up to a week; you may use of over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications. 600 mg of ibuprofen (sold under the brand names Motrin, Advil, etc.) is recommended; if you are unable to take ibuprofen you may take acetaminophen (Tylenol), or aspirin as directed, provided you do not have any allergies to these medications.
  5. You may rinse your mouth with warm salt water to help relieve discomfort and irritated gum tissue.
  6. Please refrain from eating while you are still numb as you will not notice if you bite your lip, cheek, or tongue.
  7. You may brush your teeth as usual.
  8. Avoid chewing on the treated tooth until it has been permanently restored to prevent fracturing or damaging the tooth.
  9. Should you experience discomfort that is not controlled by over-the-counter pain medication or if swelling develops, please call the office.

Our office is always available to address your questions or concerns. If you need to contact your doctor after regular business hours please call the phone number provided on our voicemail. It will page the doctor on call and you will receive a prompt response.

If you have any questions, please call our office.