After Microscopic Endodontic Treatment
It is likely that your tooth and jaw will be sore for several days following treatment. The tooth and surrounding tissues may be tender as a result of manipulation during treatment and due to the prior condition of the tooth. This is a normal situation.
Ideally, tissues heal more quickly when they are not being used. Avoid chewing on the tooth to prevent added soreness or the risk of cracking the tooth. Chew on the opposite side, away from the treated tooth should be until your general dentist has properly restored the tooth.
Post treatment discomfort should be minimal. For this reason you should follow ONE of the analgesic regimens listed BEFORE the anesthetic wears off:
1-2 tablets of Ibuprofen 200 mg (Advil, Motrin, etc.) 3-4 times a day as needed for
discomfort. Do Not exceed 6 tablets in 24 hours.
1-2 tablets of Acetaminophen 325 mg. Regular strength (Tylenol) 3-4 times a day as
needed for discomfort. Do Not exceed 10 tablets in 24 hours.
If prescription pain medication has been prescribed, follow the directions as indicated. Driving, making important decisions, operating machinery and drinking alcohol should be avoided.
Rinsing with warm salt water for the next 2-3 days will help alleviate the soreness. Use one teaspoon of table salt in a glass of warm water and hold a mouthful near the tooth for one-half minute. This may be used once an hour.
The tooth should remain sealed after appointment(s). The tooth and temporary filling may feel different following treatment. Upon completion of the final restoration by your general dentist the tooth should feel smooth, comfortable, and fully functional. However, it is important that your dentist begin the final restorative procedures as soon as possible.