For Root Canal Therapy:

1. The area may remain tender for several days. Please take your medication as prescribed.  If you have an acute reaction to the medication, discontinue use and go to your nearest emergency room for immediate medical attention.

2. Avoid chewing hard foods in the affected area

3. You will need to return to your general dentist for the permanent restoration of this tooth. The permanent restoration should be placed within 6 weeks, if not sooner. If your temporary filling falls out, call our office immediately to make arrangements to have it replaced.

For Surgical Endodontics:

1. It is expected that you will have discomfort on the first night.

2. Please take your medication as prescribed to minimize this discomfort. If you have an acute reaction to the medication, discontinue use and go to your nearest emergency room for immediate medical attention.

3. Use an ice pack for the 1st hour following surgery and for 15 minutes each hour for the next 24 hours as needed.

4. If bleeding occurs from the surgical site, place firm pressure for 30 minutes with a sterile gauze pad.

5. Do not spit or use a straw for 24 hours.

6. Do not exercise for 24 hours.

7. Eat soft foods; avoid anything hot or spicy.

8. Begin brushing surgical site gently starting 24 hours after surgery.

Women using oral contraceptives:

Antibiotics may decrease the effectiveness and reliability of oral contraception. It is therefore recommended that you use another form of protection at least one cycle beyond your current cycle.