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Endodontic Post-Treatment Instructions

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Patients may experience slight discomfort following an endodontic treatment. This is normal, and it is due to irritation produced by the inflammation that was present in your tooth. The tooth should feel much better in 3 to 5 days. If medications are prescribed, please take them as directed.


We recommend chewing soft foods on the tooth to minimize discomfort.


If the gums around the tooth are irritated following the endodontic treatment, this may be due to placement of the rubber dam during treatment. Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water (1/2 tsp. to a cup of warm water) will speed up the healing. This should be repeated every three or four hours until the area is comfortable. Should the sensitivity continue, please contact our office.


Upon completion of the root canal therapy, it is important to return to your general dentist for completion of the final restoration of your tooth within 3 weeks.


It may be necessary for you to return to our office for one or more short check-up (recall) appointments so we can evaluate the healing process of the root canal treated tooth. This allows us the opportunity to provide the best possible care and make sure that you are not having any problems. You will be informed at the completion of your treatment if you will need to make a return appointment, or if your referring dentist can follow the healing progress of your case.


PROBLEMS - if you have any questions or think that the post-treatment progress is not proceeding properly, please contact our office at 318.255.3636. If you need to contact us after normal working hours, our answering service will provide you with a forwarding number. We will address your concerns as quickly as possible.