Just a few reminders regarding your care after today’s root canal therapy:
1. Your tooth will be sore to biting, and often times to touch, for the next 5 to 7 days. The tooth may feel as if it is “high” when you bite your teeth together. In rare instances the soreness to biting may take 2 to 4 weeks to go away. Avoid biting on the tooth until the tooth is fully restored.
2. Your tooth may ache over the next 3 to 5 days. The majority of our patients who are not allergic find that over-the-counter medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil, Nuprin, Motrin IB) work well. Ibuprofen works best. You can take up to 800mg of the ibuprofen every 4 to 6 hours as needed. These over the counter medications may need to be taken for the next 3 to 5 days. If Dr. Kiser prescribed a prescription pain medication for you, please take it only as directed. If your physician said you are not allowed to take certain medications, then do not do so until you have spoken with Dr. Kiser. Consider taking 400mg of ibuprofen (Advil) every 4 hours, for up to two days. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) can be taken; but is not recommended unless you are pregnant or have medical issues that require or recommend Tylenol for routine pain management. Do not smoke while healing….smoking causes problems.
3. The gum tissue around your tooth may be sore after the procedure. This soreness will usually go away within 24 to 48 hours. Sometimes a gum boil can form; if it persists call Dr. Kiser.
4. You may eat when the numbness has worn off; but avoid chewing on this tooth until you have seen your regular dentist for the final filling or crown on your tooth.
5. You must see your regular dentist within the next four weeks for a permanent filling in the small opening made in the biting surface of your tooth, or for a crown. This is very important. After four to six weeks, the temporary filling placed in our office could begin to leak. This may allow for the contamination of your permanent root canal filling and require retreatment.
6. You may have been placed on an antibiotic after treatment, or been instructed to continue on the antibiotics prescribed by your general dentist. Please take these medications as prescribed.
7. An infection with an associated swelling can occur in a number of instances. This is a relatively normal occurrence. Please follow the instructions of your doctor regarding any antibiotic prescription. If swelling occurs and an antibiotic has not been prescribed, please contact our office.
Phone Numbers: During office hours: (419) 756-2880
Emergency after hours and weekends: (419) 610-9203
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