Questions About What to Do After a Procedure?

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Endodontic Post-Operative Instructions
Please do not eat for 1 hour, this will allow your temporary filling to set.
You may however, drink any cold liquids.
After your temporary filling is completely set, please do not crunch on:
  • Ice
  • Any hard candy
  • Popcorn or anything that can crack a tooth.
You need to contact your general dentist as soon as possible to be seen within 2 - 4 weeks for a permanent restoration.  Failure to do so may result in having the root canal done again.
You may be given the following medication to help with your discomfort for the next few days:
  • Ibuprofen (Motrin 800mg)
  •      Taking ibuprofen will help minimize pain and swelling after the procedure
  • Narcotic (Vicoden, Percocet, or Lortab)
  •      Take this if the discomfort is affecting your sleep.  
  •      Note: Do not take this and operate a car or any heavy machinery because it will make you drowsy.
  • Antibiotics (Pen VK or Clindamycin)
  •      Start taking this prescription if you start to experience swelling and pain.
Inflammation usually starts 24-48 hours after the procedure.  The intensity of the discomfort may gradually increase and peak on the 4th day and slowly taper off.  Although each individual may react differently, it is not abnormal to have sensitivity to touch and bite for 7-10 days following the procedure. 
You should contact us if:  
  • Persistent swelling not tapering off after 4 days
  • Persistent pain not tapering off after 7-10 days.
  • Temporary filling falls out.
Note: If hot and cold is bothering you, there may be another tooth that will need treatment.
Emergency Contact: 407-494-ENDO(3636)


Surgical Post-Operative Instructions
For twenty four (24) hours following surgery, DO NOT Spit, Rinse OR Use A Straw! 
DO NOT spit, rinse or use a straw for the first 24 hours.  Slight oozing from the surgical site may last 1 to 3 days. The blood clots will also tinge the saliva causing it to be reddish in color, especially the first 24 hours.  If excessive bleeding occurs, place a gauze pad directly on the bleeding area and apply firm pressure for at least 30 minutes. Replace the gauze approximately every 30 minutes until the bleeding has been controlled.  A moistened tea bag can be placed over the site if gauze is not available. 
Pain from surgical procedures in the highly sensitive oral cavity can be controlled by taking the prescribed medications as directed.  Unless otherwise instructed begin the first dose immediately so that the pain medication can be in full effect before the local anesthetic wears off.   
DO NOT DRIVE for one day after the surgery (if sedated) or as long as you are taking pain medication.
Ice Packs and Moist Heat 
Upon reaching home, apply ice packs to the outside of the face for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off and continue for the next 24 hours.  Maximum swelling can be expected on the second or third day after surgery.   
Oral Hygiene
Rinse with warm salt water (1/4 teaspoon of salt in a 4 oz glass of warm water) several times a day for at least a week starting the day after surgery.  Do NOT spit the water out of your mouth.  Instead, let the water "fall out” of your mouth.  Begin gently brushing the teeth in 24 hours after each meal.   
Soft foods that can be chewed and swallowed easily may be indicated for the first 24 hours.  Nourishment should be taken regularly.  Try not to miss a single meal, beginning with soups and liquids.  Slowly advance the diet to soft foods as tolerated.  If you are able to tolerate soft foods, then advance the diet to solid foods.  A nutritionally balanced diet is essential for well-being, gaining strength, feeling less pain and more rapid healing.
DO NOT SMOKE for seven (7) days after surgery.  Smoking greatly delays healing and promotes infection.
Emergency Contact: 407-494-ENDO(3636)


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