pOST oPERATIVE iNSTRUCTIONS

Once your endodontic therapy is complete, the root canals will be permanently sealed.  Please call your dentist promptly for an appointment to place a final restoration (crown or permanent filling).  We suggest you make the appointment within two weeks after completion of the root canal treatment.  Delay in obtaining the final restoration may result in fracture, decay, and possible loss of your tooth.

We recommend not to eat until the anesthesia has worn off (about two hours).  Avoid chewing on the treated area until the final restoration is completed.  There are usually no restrictions after the procedure concerning driving or returning to work.  The tooth may be slightly tender for a few days up to a few weeks as a result of manipulation during treatment.  We recommend taking 800mg of ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) every 6 hours for the first two days following treatment.  If you are allergic to ibuprofen, take two Tylenol tablets every 6 hours.

Your dentist will be informed that your endodontic treatment has now been completed, and a report will be sent within the day of your treatment appointment.  In the unlikely event that pain should become server or swelling develops, please promptly call the office at which you were seen.