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Post Treatment Home Care Instructions

The endodontic treatment on your tooth has been completed.  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.  Avoid using that side until you have had the permanent filling and crown fabricated.  If you chew on that tooth, you can potentially fracture it.

 

  • Prescription medication or antibiotics are rarely needed following an appointment.  If you have been prescribed medication, please take it exactly as directed on the label.  Discomfort is usually relieved by taking Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin). 

Use 600mg to 800mg of Advil every 6 hours.

Do this for at least 2 days.  If you are unable to use Ibuprofen or Aspirin related products, try Tylenol (1000mg) every 6 hours.

NOTE:  IBUPROFEN USERS:  DO NOT EXCEED 3200 MG/DAY

TYLENOL USERS:  DO NOT EXCEED 4000MG/DAY

ALSO:  If your medical history, past or present, indicates that you should not use aspirin related products,

DO NOT USE ONE

  • 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.

  • It is imperative that you return to your regular dentist so that he/she may restore your tooth with a permanent filling and/or crown.  He/she will be sent a report to inform them that your treatment has been completed.  Please schedule an appointment for any time after 10 to 14 days from now, depending on your dentist's schedule.

  • Remember -- this tooth must be maintained and cared for like any other tooth.