Post Operative Instructions

It is normal to have some post treatment discomfort and tenderness for several days following treatment.  In rare circumstances, pain and swelling may occur. Please follow your prescription regiment by Dr. Kan. If you have any questions, please contact our office immediately at (727)-289-2981.

Post operative discomfort may be alleviated by taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen, Aleve, Motrin, Advil, Naproxen, Aspirin, UNLESS instructed otherwise by your physician. Taking Tylenol/Acetaminophen in conjunction with anti-inflammatory medications is also acceptable. If you have any questions, please contact our office.

You may eat and drink after the numbness wears off or chew on the side of your mouth that feels normal.  Avoid anything crunchy, hard or chewy on the side of your mouth that has been treated. Use of the tooth may delay healing.

Your gum tissue maybe sore due to placing a clamp around the tooth. Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water for 3-4 days following the treatment may relieve irritation to the gum tissue.

If your bite feels abnormal after the treatment, please call our office so your bite can be adjusted. Ignoring this may delay in healing of the tooth.

Avoid chewing on the side of your mouth that has been treated until you see your dentist for a permanent restoration. Immediately after endodontic treatment, the tooth will be covered by a TEMPORARY restoration.  Please avoid chewing anything hard or sticky on the treated side of your mouth as it can fracture the tooth or  dislodge the temporary filling. If you lose the temporary restoration, please call our office immediately.

It is recommended that you see your dentist for a PERMANENT restoration within 3-4 weeks after the completion of the root canal treatment. Delay may result in re-infection of the tooth, fracture of the tooth and additional treatment.

Continue with your regular brushing and flossing, unless otherwise instructed by Dr. Kan

If you experience discomfort that is not controlled by prescribed medications and/or listed over-the-counter medications above OR if you experience swelling and/or fever, please contact our office immediately at (727)-289-2981

If you need immediate emergency attention after hours and you received no answer at the above number, please call 911.