BEFORE ENDODONTIC TREATMENT
This procedure will be performed using local anesthesia. There are usually no restrictions after the procedure concerning driving or returning to work. A doctor is available for consultation at all times should a problem arise after your treatment.
Continue all medications for blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid problems and any other conditions as recommended by your physician. If there is a question, please call our office prior to your appointment.
Please eat a full breakfast or lunch as applicable.
If you have been advised by your physician or dentist to use antibiotic premedication because of mitral valve prolapse (MVP), heart murmur, hip, knee, cardiac or other prosthesis, or if you have rheumatic heart disease, please make sure you are on the appropriate antibiotic on the day of your appointment. If there is a question, please call our office prior to your appointment.
If you can take ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen sodium (Aleve), it does help reduce inflammation when taken pre-operatively. We recommend 2 tablets of either medication 2-4 hours before endodontic therapy.
WHAT IS THE ROOT CANAL RECOVERY TIME?
If you’re able to undergo root canal therapy instead of requiring an extraction, you may be wondering what recovery will look like. The root canal recovery time will vary for each case and is determined by the severity of inflammation and infection, as well as the treatment method used.
How you take care of your tooth after root canal therapy can also determine what recovery looks like. There are some basic recommendations you’ll want to follow to help keep your treated tooth on the right path to recovery:
Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid drinking them through a straw or bottle
Avoid smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol
Reduce swelling and bleeding by keeping your head elevated on pillows
Apply ice to your face for 15 minutes at a time to help keep swelling down
After 24 hours, gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water four times per day, including after every meal or snack