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Endodontic postoperative instructions


Postoperative discomfort is sometimes experienced after a treatment visit. This is due to irritation of the bone surrounding the tooth and may range from a mild discomfort to an occasional episode of considerable pain. This discomfort will usually maximize in approximately 48-72 hours and then subside. Avoid chewing with the treated tooth for a few days.

Common Postoperative Symptoms

If a throbbing sensation occurs please keep your head elevated as much as possible and place extra pillows under you head when lying down. Avoid as much strenuous activity as possible.

If swelling of the gum is present or should appear after a treatment visit, please rinse the area every one to two hours with a solution of warm salt water prepared by adding a teaspoon of salt to an 8-oz. glass of warm water.

If swelling of the face is present or should appear, apply an ice pack to the area for five minutes every one to two hours and call your dentist.

If antibiotic medication has been prescribed, take it as indicated until you have finished ALL of the medication. If you encounter any difficulty in breathing or a skin rash, or gastric disturbance should occur, discontinue the medication and call the office.

If medication for pain has been prescribed, take it as indicated. Bear in mind that narcotic medications such as Codeine, Vicodin, Percodan, Lorcet, and Demerol may make you drowsy, therefore, caution should be exercised in operating any potentially dangerous machinery or an automobile.

If any additional questions should arise after your visit, do not hesitate to call your dentist.



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"Post-Treatment Care." American Association of Endodontists. Accessed 2013.

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