We always have a Doctor on call. If you need to call after hours, please have your pharmacy number available.
During the treatment we take every measure to make sure that you are completely pain free and comfortable. We do not start or continue the treatment if you are experiencing any kind of discomfort.
After the treatment your tooth and surrounding gum tissue may be slightly tender for several days as a result of manipulation during treatment and previous condition of your tooth. This tenderness is normal and is no cause for alarm. Do not chew on the side treated.
If your tooth was in pain prior to starting the treatment, it will take up to a week or more for the tooth get back to normal. Give the therapy a chance to work.
If your tooth was not in pain prior to beginning treatment (likely because the tooth was abscessed or had a deep cavity that had not begun to hurt yet), your tooth maybe quite sore for a few days after the appointment. This will be alleviated with time, it may take as much as a week or more.Discomfort after the treatment can also occur sometimes due to a high bite on the tooth treated. If you feel an uneven bite please give us a call.
A very small percentage of patients (less than 5%) experience post-operative swelling in the area that was treated. If this happens, please call our office immediately to speak with the doctor. We will suggest medications and other steps to make you comfortable.
Over the counter analgesics such as aspirin, Acetaminophen (TylenolTM), Ibuprofen (AdvilTM, MotrinTM), Naproxen sodium (AleveTM) products usually alleviate the discomfort. Take pain relievers before the anesthetic wears off and continue taking for two or three days as directed. Following this
recommendation may substantially decrease your after treatment discomfort. We recommend taking an anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen.
Take 600mg (3 x 200mg) over the counter AdvilTM or MotrinTM 4 times per day for 2 to 4 days.
In case of any allergies or contraindications to these medications please contact us.
You may be given a prescription for a narcotic medication if we feel it will be necessary. Narcotic medications should never be taken in combination with alcohol, histamine blockers (antihistamines), tranquilizers, muscle relaxants, or any other agent that depresses the central nervous system. Narcotics increase the effects of these medications on the brain, and overdose can result from their combined use.
Remember that you must NOT drive a car or engage in any type of activity requiring mental alertness while taking narcotic or sedative type medications.
In most cases, antibiotics are not required after endodontic therapy. You will be given a prescription for antibiotics if we feel it is necessary.