Root Canal Post-Op Instructions

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We want to make sure you take care of your New Root Canal!

Root Canal Post-Op Instructions:

1- For the first few days and up to 10 days following your Root Canal Treatment, you may feel some mild pain, soreness and sensitivity that can include throbbing and minor swelling while biting or chewing on your affected tooth. This can be especially pronounced if you had pain, swelling and/or infection prior to your treatment. This discomfort can be SPONTANEOUS beginning a few days after your treatment and may continue for 1-2 weeks or longer. If you have symptoms that persist for more than 10 days, please contact our office.

2- Take any medication that is prescribed for you according to instructions. (If antibiotics have been prescribed and you take birth control pills, consult with a pharmacist and/or physician.)

3- Continue brushing and flossing as normal, being careful on the treated tooth as the temporary filling could dislodge.

4- Usually a temporary filling has been placed on your tooth. DO not bite or chew with the tooth for one hour and while your are numb. Also, be very gentle with the tooth until the permanent restoration is placed. Try to chew on the opposite side. Do not eat anything sticky or chewy for the next few days. It is good to drink liquids right away. This will aid in hardening the temporary filling.

5- It is very important to contact your General Dentist office as soon as possible (within 15 days) following your root canal treatment for the final restoration. Any unnecessary delay on placement of the final restoration may damage the tooth permanently and/or allow the tooth to become re-infected.

6- Call our office if you are in severe pain or experience swelling or if you have any questions.

Surgical Post Operative Instructions

1- Swelling, minor pain, and/or skin discoloration may be experienced following the surgical procedure. This will be temporary.

2- In order to keep the swelling to a minimum use an ice pack for the first 2 hours (on 10 minutes and off for 5 minutes). Starting tomorrow if you have swelling, use moist heat - not a heating pad. Wet a wash cloth with hot water and twist our the excess, apply to face (10 minutes on and 5 minutes off). The water should not be so hot that it burns your skin.

3- The day after surgery use a warm salt-water rinse in the treated area following each meal. Use 1/2 tsp. salt to 8ox. warm water; warm enough to dissolve the salt but not hot enough to burn the mouth. This should continue for the first few days following the surgical procedure.

4- Eat only soft foods, avoid hard and chewy foods.

5- Get plenty of rest and insure normal intake of food, especially liquids such as fruit juices, soup and milk. Use a vitamin supplement if desired. Do not sleep on the operated area for 2-3 days.

6- DO NOT raise lip with fingers to inspect treated area.

7- DO NOT brush the teeth near the surgical site. Brush teeth in the rest of the mouth. You make use a wet Q-Tip in the surgical area to remove any plaque buildup on the tooth. Do no floss the surgical area.

8- There is often a temporary loss of feeling in the operated area and the tooth may feel loose.

9- Take prescribed medication's according to the instructions.