Home Care Instructions

General Instructions After Each Visit:

Your tooth and surrounding gum tissue may be slightly tender for several days as a result of manipulation during the treatment and the previous condition of your tooth. This tenderness is normal and is no cause for alarm. Do not chew food on the affected 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.

Discomfort may be alleviated by taking over-the-counter analgesics such as Tylenol (acetaminophen), or prescription medication as directed. Should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled with the above listed medications, or should swelling develop, please contact us immediately. If you need to call after hours, please have your pharmacy number available.


 After Completion of Endodontic Treatment:

Endodontic treatment been completed, and 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. This restoration should be placed within 6 weeks after completion of root canal treatment. Please contact your restorative dentist for an appointment. A complete report of treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist.

You should return to this office in 6 months for a recall examination and x-ray. At that time, we will evaluate the extent of healing and determine if any further treatment is necessary.