Root Canal Not Complete
• Your tooth requires more time to heal, so the treatment on your tooth is not yet complete. It is essential for you to return to our office for further treatment. Do not eat anything for the first hour following the procedure and then eat soft foods only for the rest of the day. It is advisable to chew on the opposite side until treatment is completed. Even if you were not experiencing any discomfort prior to treatment, it is normal for you to experience some degree of discomfort for a few days. This tenderness is normal and is no cause for alarm.
• Discomfort may be alleviated by taking Aleve, ibuprofen (Advil), aspirin, or acetaminophen (Tylenol) if you can tolerate them and taken as directed. Warm salt water rinses (1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water) may also help. Should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled with the above medications or should swelling develop, please contact our office immediately, or go to the emergency room if symptoms are severe.
• For patients who can tolerate the medications, a Standard Pain Medication Regimen would be to use a combination of 600mg of Ibuprofen (= 3 x 200mg tablets either Advil or Motrin) with 325 mg Acetaminophen (= 1 tablet of Tylenol) every 6 hours for 2-3 days. Some patients prefer to alternate the doses. This regime has been scientifically proven to be more effective than opioids for the kind of pain most dental patients experience. If a different pain medication has been prescribed do not use the above regime. Medications such as Vicoden (Lortab) contain Tylenol, and if too much Tylenol is ingested at one time, severe liver damage can result. Do not exceed the maximum dose of either medication. Call the office, your physician or a pharmacist if you are uncertain of your ability to take these medications or how to take them.
• Your tooth will be fragile until the root canal is finished and the final crown/filling is placed by your general dentist. Treat your tooth gently – do not bite or chew anything hard to avoid the risk of a fracture. Hard foods include ice, raw vegetables, pretzels, nuts, cereal, croutons etc. You should also avoid grinding or clenching your teeth. Think “gentle” as a fracture at this point could mean extraction.
• If there is already a crown present, you can return to normal chewing once the numbness wears off and the tooth is comfortable.
• It is our goal to provide you with the highest level of care possible. If there is anything we can do to increase your comfort level, please let us know.
• Please call our office at 330-493-3636 if you have any questions before your next appointment.
Your Endo Care Team