Home Care Instructions
After Endodontic Treatment
Your tooth and surrounding gum tissue may be slightly tender for several days as a result of manipulation during treatment and previous condition of your tooth. This tenderness is normal and is no cause for alarm. In some cases the post-op discomfort can be a great deal more than a little tenderness. This depends on the status of the tooth to begin with (abscess). Despite there being no nerve in the tooth at this point, the surrounding ligaments, gingiva and bone are traumatized. This should all heal with time. Some patients feel much better within a few days, some may take longer. Please do not hesitate to call us with any questions/concerns. Do not chew food on the affected side until your endodontic therapy is completed and your tooth is covered with a protective restoration provided by your restorative dentist. Some teeth require a composite filling and some will need a crown (cap). Your restorative dentist will make the best decision for you. You may continue your regular dental hygiene regimen. Discomfort may be alleviated by taking ibuprofen (Advil), aspirin, or acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed. In some instances a prescription pain medication (Tylenol with Codeine), may be needed for a short time.
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.
The office telephone is answered day and night. If you need to call after hours, please have your pharmacy number available.
If you have any questions, please call our office at Jordan L. Schapiro D.D.S. Endodontics Phone Number 561-347-0091