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Endodontic (root canals) Post Operative Instructions

We hope your root canal treatment at Kaminsky Dental Associates has been a pleasant experience. Please read these instructions carefully to fully understand the healing phase and to insure the proper success of this procedure for your tooth.

What should I expect following endodontic treatment?

Following root canal therapy, there may be some soreness in the area of the treated tooth and the injection site. This is in response to the body's natural healing process. In some cases, you may experience mild to moderate discomfort for 4-7 days. We recommend that you take 600-800mg of Ibuprofen (3-4 200mg of Advil or Motrin tablets) every 4-6 hours after the procedure as needed for pain. If you are unable to take Ibuprofen, you may take 1000mg Acetaminophen (two extra strength Tylenols) every 6 hours.

Guidelines for Post-Treatment Care

Do not eat anything until the numbness in your mouth wears off. This will help to prevent you from biting your check or tongue.

Avoid hard foods and hard substances on the treated tooth.

You may brush and floss your remaining teeth, but do not floss around the root canal tooth. In many cases this is due to the placement of a temporary filling material that will not allow flossing between the teeth. It is also not unusual for some of the temporary filling material to wear away. If you feel that the entire filling has come out, please contact us.

If swelling results following the endodontic procedure, antibiotics may be indicated. Please contact us for a prescription and follow the instructions on the bottle.

Schedule the appropriate appointment to place the final restoration in your tooth.

If you should experience an adverse reaction to the root canal procedure or to any medications, please feel free to contact Dr. Richard Titlebaum at #610-529-9229 .