Home Care Instructions

After Endodontic Treatment

Endodontic treatment is directed at cleaning and disinfecting the inside of the root canals of an inflamed or infected tooth. These procedures have a high degree of success, but it is not unusual to experience the following post-operative symptoms for up to 10 days:

  • Generalized soreness on and around the tooth
  • Tenderness to biting and closing on the treated tooth
  • Mild aching of the jaw
  • Irritation of the surrounding gums
  • Soreness and stiffness when opening your jaw

The post-operative course for each patient and tooth can vary depending on the extent and degree of the inflammation or infection involved. However, the following instructions can help alleviate and prevent many symptoms:

  • Take 2-3 tablets of 200mg ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) every 4 to 6 hours for two to three days (maximum of 2400mg per day) following your visit OR 1-2 tablets of 500mg acetaminophen (Tylenol) every 4 to 6 hours for two to three days (maximum of 3000mg per day) following your visit. If you are pregnant, have a medical condition, or take a medication that prohibits the use of certain over-the-counter medications, inform your endodontist such that modifications in your post-operative care can be made.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt into 8 ounces of warm water. Swish and empty. Do this 2 to 3 times per day for a few days following treatment.
  • Avoid eating or chewing anything immediately after treatment. Anesthesia can last up to two to six hours after treatment, and soft tissue injuries can occur if you are unknowingly biting a numb tongue or lip.
  • Be careful with this tooth. Try to avoid chewing directly on the treated tooth until your general dentist places a permanent coronal restoration if advised.
  • If any other medications have been prescribed (antibiotics, prescription pain medication), follow the directions written on the label of the bottle.

NOTE: Alcohol intake is not advised while taking any of these medications. Should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled with the above listed medications, or should swelling develop, please contact this office immediately.

If you have any questions, please call our office at Charlotte Endodontics Phone Number (704) 377-1444