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Following the Completion of Your Endodontic Therapy

  • What to expect following today’s appointment:

    What to expect following today’s appointment:

    • Although your treatment is now complete, it is not unusual to have some residual tenderness to pressure. This is not abnormal. Your tooth may feel “bruised” or tender when biting, or if pressure is applied by your tongue. Sometimes a tooth will ache or throb initially. If this does not improve with time and/or analgesics (Motrin, Advil, Tylenol, or Asprin) contact the office.
    • The injection site(s), jaw muscles, and jaw joints will feel sore from the procedure. You may also experience jaw stiffness. The analgesics mentioned above will help this, too.
    • Postoperative discomfort can last up to a week or two, but should steadily improve with time.
    • Compared to other teeth, your endodontically treated tooth may always feel “different” when tapped or when biting pressure is applied. However, if your tooth is functional, without sign of active infection, and the radiograph indicates signs of healing, then your tooth falls within the range of normal endodontic outcome.
  • What to do after today’s appointment:

    What to do after today’s appointment:

    CONGRATULATIONS! Your endodontic treatment has been completed. You are now ready for the final restoration and should contact your dentist within the next two weeks to arrange your next appointment. Take your first dose of analgesic (Motrin, Advil, Tylenol, or Aspirin) before the anesthetic wears off and continue to take the analgesic as directed. It is recommended that you use one of these medications for 2-3 days following the procedure. Take any medication prescribed by the doctor (antibiotic, analgesic, steroid) as directed. Avoid chewing on the tooth until you see your dentist for the final restoration.

  • Contact our office immediately if you experience any of the following:

    Contact our office immediately if you experience any of the following:

    • Visible swelling inside or outside of the mouth.
    • Allergic reaction to medication. Allergic reactions include skin rash, hives, itching, and difficulty breathing. Nausea is not an allergic reaction.
    • A return of symptoms or a development of a sensation of pressure or throbbing that appears after the initial postoperative discomfort passes.