Post-Operative Instructions

Please select the procedure you received to see a summary of post-op instructions. Call us if you have any questions:

Root Canal Treatment:

1- You may experience moderate pain and sensitivity to pressure on your tooth. Also, you may feel gum soreness for a few days after your treatment. The healing process may take several days, but the pain and discomfort should subside gradually.

2- Take any medication that was prescribed for you according to instructions.

3- Usually a temporary filling has been placed on your tooth. Do not bite down on the tooth for one hour and while you are numb. Also, until the permanent restoration is placed, be very gentle with the tooth. Try to chew with the opposite side.

4- Continue your brushing and flossing.

5- Follow up with the placement of your permanent restoration as you have been advised. Any unnecessary delay in placement of the final restoration may damage the tooth permanently.

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

Apicoectomy (Root Canal Surgery):

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 few hours after surgery (on for 15 minutes and off for 15 minutes).

3- Use the prescribed mouth rinse as instructed until the sutures are removed.

4- Eat only soft foods. Avoid hard and chewy foods.

5- Get plenty of rest and ensure normal intake of food, especially liquids such as fruit juices, soup, and milk. Try not to sleep on the treated area for 2-3 days.

6- DO NOT raise your lips with your fingers to inspect the treated area.

7- DO NOT brush your teeth near the surgical site, unless you are instructed to do so. Brush and floss the rest of your teeth as normal.

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

9- Take all medication that was prescribed for you according to instructions.

10- Should any difficulties occur, do not hesitate to call our office anytime. In case of serious emergencies, call 911.