Instructions

BEFORE ENDODONTIC THERAPY

The procedure will be performed using local anesthesia. There are usually no restrictions after the procedure concerning driving or returning to work. A doctor is available for consultation at all times should a problem arise after your treatment.

Continue all medications for blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid problems and any other conditions as recommended by your physician. If there is a question, please call our office prior to your appointment.

Please eat a full breakfast or lunch as applicable.

If you have been advised by your physician or dentist to use antibiotic premedication because of mitral valve prolapse (MVP), heart murmur, hip, knee, cardiac or other prosthesis, or if you have had rheumatic heart disease, please make sure you are on the appropriate antibiotic on the day of your appointment. You only need to premedicate for the treatment appointment. If there is a question, please call our office prior to your appointment.

If you can take ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen sodium (Aleve), it does help reduce inflammation when taken pre-operatively. We recommend 2 tablets of either medication 2-4 hours before endodontic therapy.

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HOME CARE THERAPY

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. 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. You may continue your regular dental hygiene regimen. Discomfort may be alleviated by taking ibuprofen (Advil), aspirin, or acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed.

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.

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AFTER COMPLETION OF ENDODONTIC TREATMENT

Endodontic treatment for your tooth has been completed. The root canals have been permanently sealed. PLEASE PHONE YOUR DENTIST PROMPTLY FOR AN APPOINTMENT. YOUR DENTIST MUST PLACE A PERMANENT RESTORATION to protect your tooth against fracture and decay. Delay in obtaining this permanent restoration may place your tooth in jeopardy.

The tooth may be tender for several days as a result of the manipulation during treatment. Avoid chewing on the tooth until permanent restoration is done. Brush your teeth as usual. For the majority of patients, please take Advil, Ibuprofen, or Motrin (3 tablets of 200 mg. or 600 mg. every 6 hours). Tylenol (2 tablets of 500 mg. every 6 hours) can be used as an alternative or in addition to Advil, Ibuprofen or Motrin for three consecutive days whether or not you are experiencing discomfort. Additional pain medications may have been prescribed for more severe pain. In the unlikely event that pain should become severe or swelling develops, please call this promptly.

It is important that endodontically treated teeth be examined during your routine dental check-ups, since a small percentage of these do not heal completely. Films taken then will permit us to monitor the healing process.

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DISCOMFORT

After the root canal system has been permanently sealed, Endodontic treatment has been completed. However, the outer surface may have been sealed with a temporary restoration only. A follow-up restoration must be placed to protect your tooth against fracture and decay. Please telephone your restorative dentist for an appointment.

The Endodontist may suggest a recall appointment to check on the healing of the tooth and surrounding bone. This appointment will require only a few minutes and no additional fee will be charged. If recommended, you will be sent a reminder card for this 6 month follow up appointment. A complete report of treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist.

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