What to do following Endodontic Surgery

1. Rest and avoid strenuous activities for the remainder of the day.

2. We recommend that you take Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin etc.), Tylondal or Aspirin per manufacture's recommendation today and tomorrow. When the numbness is gone, take a prescription pain pill if one is prescribed. Should you have pain that these medications will not control, please telephone our office.

3. Apply ice/cold packs on the outside of your face over the operated area. Apply 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off for the first 2-4 hours following surgery.

4. Eat soft foods only, for the first 24 hours, and avoid foods with small seeds such as raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes, poppy seeds, sesame seeds etc. and hard or chewy foods such as potato chips or caramels until sutures are removed.

5. it is critically important to keep the surgical site as clean as possible. PLAQUE BUILD-UP WILL RETARD HEALING. Brush your teeth gently with a moist, soft toothbrush to remove plaque. DO NOT USE A WATER PIK OR ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH IN THE SURGICAL AREA UNTIL THE SUTURES ARE REMOVED.

6. After 24 hours rinse your mouth with warm salt water (dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in 8 oz. of warm water). Rinse gently 4-6 times per day, especially after eating.

7. Avoid lifting your lip to view the surgical site. You may dislodge the sutures and delay healing by doing this.

8. Some mild bleeding, bruising, swelling, and tooth looseness are fairly common and are not cause for concern. Also, some discomfort is usually present. Mild analgesics (Ibuprofen, Tylenol, Aspirin, etc.) are generally adequate.

9. You should not smoke or drink alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours.


What can I expect after Endodontic Therapy?

Your endodontic, or root canal therapy will save your tooth and begin to relieve the pain you may have been experiencing. Below will tell you what to expect after endodontic therapy.

Will I have Pain after the Treatment?
You may experience some discomfort for a few days. This should gradually diminish, getting better each day. After 1 week your tooth should not be uncomfortable and you should be able to chew on it, but nothing hard or sticky until you see your general dentist for permanent restoration. Over-the-counter analgesics, such as ibuprofen, motrin, aleve or tylenol usually will alleviate the discomfort. If discomfort lasts more than a few days, or if you have severe pain, call our office 417-877-8888.

How Should I take care of my Tooth?
Try to avoid biting or chewing with the tooth during the first few days. If we prescribe medication, be sure to take it as directed. If you have any questions about the medication, call our office.

Is Infection a Possibility?
In general, as precaution, Dr. McCall may prescribe an antibiotic before any procedure is done, especially if your tooth was badly infected when you came to us, or if you are suffering from an abscess (an infection that spread to the bone). Occasionally we will allow a severe infection to drain between office visits instead of placing a temporary filling in the tooth. If we do fill the tooth and you experience severe pain or pressure, call our office.

Why do I need to go back to my General Dentist?
When we finish root canal therapy, we place a temporary filling in the crown of the tooth. Because we limit our practices to endodontic procedures, your general dentist will provide the permanent restoration (permanent filling or crown) of the tooth. The type of restoration will depend on the location of the tooth, condition of the tooth, and recommendations by your dentist. The temporary filling is temporary and will start to break down. It is very important to return to your general dentist within 6 weeks of completing root canal therapy. Delaying this can cause infection and failure of root canal therapy.

How long will my Tooth last?
With proper care, your restored tooth can last a lifetime. Proper dental care consists of regular brushing and flossing, a nutritious diet and regular visits to your family dentist.