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Instructions following Root Canal Treatment

  • A temporary white filling has been used to seal your root canal.

  • Avoid eating for one hour after your treatment to allow the temporary filling to set hard.

  • Avoid chewing on your tooth as it may be sore after treatment and to prevent any cracks from forming before your dentist places the permanent filling and crown.

  • After treatment, the surrounding gum around your tooth may be sore for one or two days. Rinse with warm salt water or take1-2 tablets of regular Advil or extra strength Tylenol to ease the discomfort.

  • If you experience any severe pain or swelling, contact our office.

  • Once root canal treatment is complete, you must see your family dentist for a permanent filling and crown. Failure to place a permanent filling may result in re-infection of your root canal and or loss of your tooth.

  • Continue all medications as prescribed by your physician before and the day of your scheduled surgery.

  • Please inform Dr. Mary Dabuleanu if you are taking Aspirin daily or other known blood thinners (such as Coumadin or Plavix).

  • The day of surgery, it is advisable that you eat normally and do not skip meals. Wear comfortable clothing.

  • It is advisable that you take the day off of work for your scheduled surgery.

  • Rinse your mouth with Peridex antibacterial mouthrinse twice a day, two days before your scheduled surgery.

Instructions following Surgery

  • Take pain medication as advised. Either 600 mg of Advil every 6 hours or 1-2 extra strength Tylenol every 4-6 hours for the first 24 hours. Afterwards, pain medication should be taken only as needed.

  • You will be given an ice pack to place over the affected area. The ice pack should be applied on/off to the affected are for the next 8 hours following the surgery. A bag of frozen vegetables will substitute for the ice pack.

  • Do not rinse your mouth, brush your teeth, suck through a straw or spit the first 24 hours after surgery. Do not lift your lip to examine the stitches during the week following your surgery.

  • Use a Q-Tip dipped in Peridex antibacterial mouth rinse to keep the area clean, especially around the stitches.

  • Drink plenty of liquids, and stick to a soft diet the week after surgery. Avoid food that is too hot.

  • Refrain from any physical activity the day of surgery.

  • Elevate your head with 2 pillows the night after surgery.

  • If your experience any oozing from the affected area, apply 2 gauzes provided to you over the sutures and apply pressure to the area for 20 minutes. If bleeding persists, please call our office.

  • Absolutely refrain from smoking during the next few days after surgery. Smoking will compromise healing and may lead to serious surgical complications.

  • If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office.

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