After Endodontic Treatment Instructions

Home Care Instructions:

  • 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. Discomfort may be alleviated by taking ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc) and/or acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed. Following treatment, Dr. McRay or Dr. Cohen will discuss with you the most appropriate and effective pain management regimen, based on your medical history. 
  • If your doctor feels an antibiotic is appropriate for management of your infection, one may be prescribed. Antibiotics should always be taken as directed. Should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled with the above listed medications, or should swelling develop, please contact the office immediately.
  • Do not chew food on the affected side until your tooth is covered with a permanent restoration provided by your general dentist. 
  • You may continue your regular dental hygiene regimen unless directed otherwise by one of our doctors. 
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call.

After Completion of Endodontic Treatment

  • When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your general dentist, who will contact you to place the final restoration for the crown of your tooth. It is important that you return to your general dentist as soon as possible to protect your tooth from fracture or re-infection.
  • It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond.
  • The doctor will examine your tooth 6 – 12 months after treatment to ensure that it is healing properly. We will contact you at the appropriate time for a re-evaluation, which is a complimentary service that should take only a few minutes.
  • Root canal or endodontic therapy has a very high degree of success, above 95%. Since this is the human body, there are, of course, no guarantees. We will discuss with you the chances of success before any endodontic procedure to help you make an informed decision.