After treatment, your tooth and the surrounding gum area may be slightly tender for several days. This is normal and is no cause for alarm. If the discomfort gets worse or if you notice any swelling, contact us immediately. Our doctors are on call 24/7. If you call after hours, please have your pharmacy number available.
Do not chew food on the affected side until your treatment is complete and your tooth is covered by a protective restoration provided by a restorative dentist. You may continue a regular dental hygiene regimen. You can reduce your discomfort by taking ibuprofen (Advil), aspirin or acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed by your Premier endodontist. If an infection is present, our office may prescribe you an antibiotic.
We recommend that you avoid drinking alcohol while taking any pain medication, whether prescribed or over the counter.
Restoring your smile.
Your endodontic treatment is just the first phase of treating your teeth. In most cases, you will also need to see a restorative dentist. We will apply a temporary seal to help you heal, but a follow up restoration is essential to protect your tooth against fracture and decay. Please make an appointment with your restorative dentist. We typically recommend returning to you dentist 1 week after the root canal is completed to allow sufficient healing time. We will provide a complete report to your restorative dentist to assist in planning your treatment.
Finally, schedule a follow-up appointment with us six months after your procedure so we can make sure you are healing properly. This check-up takes only a few minutes and there is no additional charge for the first follow-up visit.