After Completion of Endodontic Treatment
Endodontic treatment has now been completed. There are usually no restrictions after the procedure concerning driving or returning to work. A doctor is available on call should a problem arise after your treatment.For the first several days after treatment it is normal for your tooth to feel sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This discomfort can usually be relieved with over the counter medications. An anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, ect.) is very effective for mild to moderate pain. Take 600mg of ibuprofen every 5-6 hours as needed for discomfort. Do not take this medication if you are allergic to ibuprofen, aspirin, or other anti-inflammatory agents, have ulcers, are on anticoagulants, or in combination with other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication. If pain is not controlled with anti-inflammatory medication please contact our office, the doctor may prescribe an antibiotic or a different pain medication.
You should avoid chewing or biting on the treated tooth until you have it restored by your general dentist. The unrestored tooth is susceptible to fracture, so you should see your dentist for a restoration as soon as possible. Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your endodontic treatment is completed. This is part of the normal healing process. However, if you have severe pain that lasts more than a few days, please contact our office.
Post-operative infections occasionally occur. Many times placing you on an antibiotic for one week will take care of the infection. Occasionally, other follow-up procedures will be needed.
If you have any questions, please call our office at Monterey Peninsula Endodontics Phone Number 831-373-1377