What to Expect After Endodontic Treatment
- You may notice tenderness for up to 10 days. This is normal and should be manageable with over-the-counter medications. Motrin, Ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, and Aspirin are best for tooth pain. If you are pregnant or presently taking blood thinners, please check with your physicianregarding which medication is appropriate for you. Tylenol does not act as an anti-inflammatory but may be used if it is your only option.
- Numbness will last approximately 2-3 hours. You may drink liquids at any time, but use caution with hot beverages. Avoid eating until the numbness is gone so you do not bite your cheek or tongue.
- Avoid chewing on the treated side of your mouth until bite tenderness is gone. Tenderness may last 7-10 days.
- If you were prescribed antibiotics, please continue as directed. A small amount of swelling is possible even when taking antibiotics but should subside.
- Once numbness is gone, resume your normal brushing and flossing routine.
- Please phone your dentist promptly for an appointment to schedule a final restoration if one is not already in place. Your dentist will be informed that your endodontic treatment has now beencompleted, and a progress report will be sent.
When to Call Our Office
- If any tenderness persists for longer than 14 days and you have tried the medications listed above.
- If swelling develops and you are not on antibiotics.
- If your temporary filling falls out.
- If you have any questions or concerns.