Following Endodontic Treatment

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There are normally no restrictions for driving or returning to work following endodontic procedures.

However, if you have used sedation, you will not be allowed to drive and will need a driver to accompany you to and from the office.

Be sure to practice good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, regular checkups, and cleanings.

Should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled with the above medications or should swelling develop, please contact our office phone and press 3 to hear the after-hours emergency number.

Even if you were not experiencing any discomfort prior to treatment, it is not unusual for you to experience some degree of discomfort for a few days following treatment. This tenderness is normal and no cause for alarm. Follow the medication regimen outlined by Dr. Duggan for the most effective pain relief. Avoid chewing directly on the treated tooth for a few days.

Please be aware that while you are still numb it is easy to injure your tongue while chewing. If your tooth does not already have a crown, it is advisable not to chew or bite on the treated tooth until you have had it restored by your dentist. An unrestored tooth is susceptible to fracture, so you should see your dentist for a full restoration (crown, onlay) as soon as possible.

A report, a copy of your final x-ray, and a clinical photograph will be sent to your general dentist following treatment with us.

For Pain Relief:

  • 800mg (4 pills) of ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) every 6 hours.
  • 1000mg (2 pills) of acetaminophen (Tylenol) every 6 hours may also be added.
    OR
    1 or 2 Vicodin/hydrocodone.  Do NOT take Vicodin in the same dose as Tylenol.
  • Be sure to drink plenty of water.
  • It helps to have something in your stomach when taking medications.
  • Warm salt-water rinses (1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water) may also help.
  • Even if you were not experiencing any discomfort prior to treatment, it is normal for you to experience some degree of discomfort for a few days.  This tenderness is normal and is no cause for alarm.
  • If you were prescribed an antibiotic, continue taking it until gone.

Should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled with the above medications or should swelling develop, please contact our office phone and press 3 to hear the after-hours emergency number.