Post Op Endodontic Instructions

Your endodontic treatment is now completed. A temporary filling is placed by the Endodontist to protect the tooth between appointments. It takes approximately an hour for temporary fillings to harden. DO NOT EAT until temporary filling is hard. To protect the tooth and temporary filling, WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU RETURN TO YOUR DENTIST AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO HAVE A FINAL RESTORATION PLACED. Should you choose to delay having your final restoration, it may result in fracture and possible loss of the tooth, which we cannot be responsible for.

It is normal to experience some discomfort, tenderness, or different “new-to-you” sensations for several days to several weeks as a result of manipulation during treatment. Even if you have had prior root canal treatment on the same tooth or a different tooth, please remember that each tooth is different and many factors play into each healing process. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if all symptoms and/or signs of infection are gone. Since most medications are electronically prescribed, please allow at least 2 hours before arriving to your pharmacy.

We recommend taking Ibuprofen for any discomfort (if medically allowed), as well as using warm salt water rinses 2-3 times a day (one teaspoon per glass), and applying ice packs to the area for 10 minutes at a time with 20 minute breaks in between. Avoid chewing on that side of your mouth until tenderness is gone.

We will send the information about your endodontic treatment to your referring dentist. In the unlikely event that pain or swelling should become severe, please call our office promptly at          504-832-2433. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE YOU.