After Microscopic Endodontic Treatment
It is likely your tooth and jaw will be sore following treatment. The tooth and surrounding tissues may be tender due to the prior condition of the tooth and as a result of manipulation during treatment. This is a normal situation.
The tooth and surrounding tissues tend to heal more quickly when they are not being used. To prevent added soreness and reduce the risk of cracking the tooth, avoid chewing on the affected tooth 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 local anesthetic wears off:
2-3 tablets of Ibuprofen 200 mg (Advil, Motrin, etc.) 3-4 times a day as needed for discomfort. Do Not exceed 16 tablets in 24 hours.
2-3 tablets of Acetaminophen 325 mg. Regular strength (Tylenol) 3-4 times a day as needed for discomfort. Do Not exceed 12 tablets in 24 hours.
If prescription pain medication or oral sedation 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 some soreness associated with treatment. Use one teaspoon of table salt dissolved 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 the appointment(s); however, it is important that your dentist begin the final restorative procedures as soon as possible. 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.
Dr. Parks and Dr. Riley are available for consultation at all times to address any concerns following your treatment- please contact us at (337) 477-6124