Home Care Instructions
The endodontic treatment (root canal) has been initiated for your tooth, but the case is not complete. You will require another appointment to finish the case. It is imperative that you RETURN for the final step. If not, there is a strong likelihood that you will experience discomfort, pain, swelling and may eventually lose the tooth. Below are a few facts that are important for you to remember.
- Due to the manipulation of the tooth, it may become sore to bite on or to touch. Don’t be alarmed. This is not abnormal. Pamper your treated tooth by chewing on the opposite side. This will allow the tooth to calm down and minimize the potential for fracture.
- Prescription medication or antibiotics are rarely needed following an appointment. If you have been prescribed medications, please take it exactly as directed on the label. Discomfort is usually relieved by taking Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or Naproxen Sodium (Aleve). Use as directed by your attending doctor. Do this for at least 2 days. If you are unable to use Ibuprofen, Aleve or Aspirin related products, try Tylenol (1000mg) every 6 hours.
NOTE: IBUPROFEN USERS: DO NOT EXCEED 3200 mg/DAY
TYLENOL USERS: DO NOT EXCEED 4000 mg/DAY
ALSO: If your medical history, past or present, indicates that you should not use aspirin related products, please DO NOT USE.
- Your temporary filling needs approximately 1 hour to harden. It is important that the tooth remain sealed. Therefore, if you feel that you have lost the temporary filling, please contact the office.
- During normal business hours you can call 804-501-0501. If you need assistance after hours, you may page your endodontist, by using the numbers on the answering machine message. REMEMBER TO ENTER YOUR PHONE NUMBER AFTER THE BEEP AND PUSH THE POUND (#) BUTTON AFTER ENTERING YOUR PHONE NUMBER TO COMPLETE THE PAGING SYSTEM.