General Instructions After Each Visit
Your tooth and surrounding gum tissue may be slightly tender for several days as a result of manipulation treatment and the previous condition of your tooth. This tenderness is normal and is no cause for alarm. Do not check tooth on either side until your endodontic therapy is completed and your tooth is covered with a protective restoration provided by your restorative dentist. You may continue your regular dental hygiene regimen.
If your medical history allows, discomfort may be alleviated by taking Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil 600mg. which is equivalent to 3 over the counter tablets, every 6 hours), Aspirin, or Acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed. These should be taken with food. Alcohol intake is not advised while taking any of these medications. Should you experience discomfort that can not be controlled by the above listed medications, or should swelling develop, please contact our office immediately. Our office telephone is answered day and night. If you need to call after hours, please have your pharmacy phone number available.
After Completion of Endodontic Treatment
Endodontic treatment has now been completed. The root canal system has been permanently sealed. However, the outer surface is sealed with a temporary restoration. A follow-up restoration must be placed to protect your tooth against fracture and decay. Do not chew on the tooth until the final restoration is placed. Please telephone your restorative dentist for an appointment. A complete report of treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist.