Non-Surgical Post Operative Care Instructions

We hope your experience at MicroSurgical Endo has been a pleasant one. Please read these instructions carefully to participate effectively in the healing phase and proper success of this procedure for your tooth.

Following root canal therapy, there may be some soreness in the area of the treated tooth for the following few days. This is due to a healing response at the root ends and the injection sites and is normal. We recommend that you take 600-800mg of Ibuprofen (3-4 Advil or Motrin tablets) every 4-6 hours after the procedure and thereafter as necessary for pain. If you can not take Ibuprofen, Advil or Motrin due an allergy, stomach ulcer, or as per your physician’s advice, you may take 1000mg Acetaminophen (two extra strength Tylenols) every 6 hours. You can also take both Motrin and Tylenol concurrently for extra analgesia. The amount of discomfort after the root canal is a dependant on the kind and the type of infection you had when you presented for treatment. In general, teeth that are severely infected or present with a swelling have more discomfort after the treatment and require stronger pain medication. If a swelling results after the root canal therapy, antibiotics may be indicated. Please contact us for a prescription and follow the instructions on the bottle.

Depending on the condition of the tooth prior to the root canal, the healing phase may be swift or protracted. Please be patient with this process as it can take up to several days to a few weeks for proper resolution of symptoms. Most often, any remaining symptoms from the tooth will resolve in time.

Generally, the tooth should be back to normal within a month after the completion of the treatment.

A temporary filling is placed in the root canal treated tooth. Following root canal therapy, a final restoration has to be placed on the treated tooth by your general dentist. Failure to do so in a timely fashion will result into failure of the root canal or a possible root fracture resulting in tooth loss.

We recommend that you continue on good oral hygiene care with tooth brushing and flossing; however, if a large temporary has been place in the treated tooth, we recommend that you avoid flossing around the treated tooth to prevent dislodging the filling.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office. Thank you for trusting us with your endodontic care and we look forward to serve you or anyone you refer to us in the future with the same courtesy and respect.

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