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.

Our philosophy: We, the team of this endodontic practice, will continually strive for excellence in the care we provide our patients while maintaining a warm, friendly environment sensitive to your personal needs. We hope to develop in our patients an appreciation for our undying effort to improve their quality of life.

Surgical Post-Op Instructions


  • Rinsing

    Begin rinsing the day after your surgery. The doctor will either ask you to use a saltwater rinse (1 teaspoon salt in 8 ounces of warm water) or will prescribe a mouth rinse. When using the rinse on days 2 and 3, bathe in the area for 15-20 seconds. On day 4, and until tissue is comfortable, begin rinsing vigorously.

  • Brushing

    Brush your teeth carefully after each meal, avoiding the surgical site for 3-4 days. Do not use a water pic in the surgical area for at least 2 weeks.

  • Flossing

    Gently start flossing surgical area 6–10 days after your procedure. The normal flossing routine can be continued in all other areas of the mout

  • Eating

    Be sure to cut food into small bites and chew on opposite side of mouth. Continue to chew on the opposite side until it no longer feels sensitive in the surgical area.

  • Stitches

    The stitches will dissolve in approximately 3–7 days, unless the doctor indicates otherwise.

  • Swelling

    Apply ice and pressure (15 minutes on and 15 minutes off) for the first 6 hours. This will help to minimize swelling.

  • Suction

    Avoid creating suction in your mouth for the first 24 hours (i.e., sucking from a straw, smoking, or spitting). Also, minimize any activity that may increase your heart rate for the first 24 hours (i.e., climbing stairs, vacuuming, and exercise). These activities may cause the area to throb and ooze blood.

DO NOT lift up your lip to examine the surgical site for the first 3 days, as this may tear the stitches.

What You Can Expect

  • Some moderate swelling is normal for approximately one week. If swelling increases after 2 days, please notify our office.
  • Oozing of blood is possible during the first few hours. Please contact our office if bleeding persists.
  • Bruising on the face (purple discoloration) is possible and will resolve in 7-14 days.
  • If stitches come out within the first 2 days, please contact our office.
  • Some moderate pain is typical for the first few days. Generally, over-the-counter medication canmanage this (Motrin, Advil, or Extra Strength Tylenol). If you are unable to take these, let us know.Also, if pain increases after the first couple of days, please notify us promptly.

Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions or concerns.