you should know following treatment
Following Root Canal
Therapy or Root Canal Retreatment:
You may experience mild
to moderate discomfort. This is normal and can last for 7-10 days. Over the
counter medications such as Advil, Tylenol or Aspirin will usually control
your discomfort. If your symptoms are more severe, please contact us.
- If a temporary filling
has been placed in your tooth or crown, please be aware is not as strong
as your tooth and could become dislodged if you chew hard crunchy foods
or gum. Avoid using this tooth until your treatment is completed or a permanent
restoration has been placed.
- Please fill any prescriptions
and take them as directed. Pain medication is optional and should be used
as needed. Antibiotics must be taken as directed until gone.
If you have any difficulties taking any prescribed medications please contact
- It is very important
to keep any follow up appointments. Long delays in completing your treatment
or having it restored could result in pain, infection and even the eventual
loss of your tooth.
- Try to limit physical
activity on the day of your surgery. Going home after procedure is ideal.
- Do not lift or pull
up on lip. This may tend to loosen the sutures.
- Mild discomfort should
be expected. Have all prescriptions filled and take as directed.
- Slight bleeding during
the first day is normal. Increased bleeding should be reported to the office.
- Some swelling and discoloration
may be expected and should gradually disappear. To minimize swelling, apply
an ice bag over the surgical area as soon as possible. Apply and remove
at 20 minute intervals for the first four to six hours.
- Do not rinse or spit
for the remainder of the day. Starting tomorrow, gently rinse mouth with
warm salt water, especially after each meal and at bedtime. Mix 1/2 teaspoon
salt in a full glass of warm water. Continue until sutures have been removed
or as instructed.
- Brush and floss your
teeth to keep your mouth as clean as possible, BUT not on or near the surgical
- Maintain a soft nutritious
diet. Crusty hard foods should be avoided. Do not chew or bite on or near
the surgical area.
- Keep your post-operative
appointment to have the sutures removed or to have healing assessed.
- Should you have any
questions or problems, please don't hesitate to contact this office.