Home Care Instructions
Your tooth and surrounding gum tissue may be slightly tender for several days as a result of manipulation during treatment and the previous condition of your tooth. This tenderness is normal and is no cause for alarm. Do not chew food on the affected side until your endodontic therapy is completed and, preferably, your tooth is covered with a protective restoration provided by your restorative dentist. You may continue your regular dental hygiene regimen. Discomfort may be eased by taking:
- ibuprofen (Advil),
- naproxen sodium (Aleve),
- or acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed.
NOTE: Alcohol intake is not advised while taking any of these medications. Should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled with the above listed medications, or if swelling develops, please contact Worcester Endodontics immediately. The office telephone is answered day and night. If you need to call after hours, please have your pharmacy number available.
After Endodontic Treatment is Completed
When root canal therapy is completed, the outer surface of the tooth is sealed with a temporary restoration. A permanent restoration must be placed to protect your tooth against fracture and decay. Call Worcester Endodontics for an appointment. A complete report of treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. Included in your treatment are a follow-up appointment at 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, and 2 years after your procedure to evaluate your healing process. These appointments will require only a few minutes and no additional fee will be charged.