Endodontic procedures are performed using local anesthesia. There are no eating restrictions before your procedure. Continue all regular medications as recommended by your physician. There are usually no restrictions after the procedure concerning driving or returning to work. Our staff is available for consultation should a problem arise after your treatment. If there are any question or concerns, please call our office.
If you have been advised by your physician or dentist to use antibiotic premedication because of a heart condition or other medical issues, please make sure you have the appropriate medication before your appointment. If there is a question about premedication, please call our office prior to your appointment day so we may arrange for a refill or contact your doctor.
Ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen sodium (Aleve) helps to reduce inflammation when taken before your procedure. We recommend 2 tablets of either medication 2-4 hours before your endodontic appointment.
Your tooth and surrounding gum tissue may be tender for a few days following treatment. This tenderness is normal and does not indicate a problem. Do not chew food on the affected side until your endodontic therapy is completed. You may continue your regular at-home dental hygiene. Discomfort may be alleviated by taking ibuprofen (Advil), aspirin, or acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed.
After treatment, the root canal system is permanently sealed. However, the outer surface is sealed with a temporary crown. Please contact your referring dentist for a follow-up appointment within 2 weeks of your endodontic procedure. A complete report of treatment will be sent from our office to your dentist.
Follow Up Exam
Some patients may require a follow-up examination with our office to evaluate the progress of healing. This appointment will require only a few minutes and no additional fee will be charged for this visit.