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Post Operative Instructions after Root Canal Treatment:

  1. You can expect pain upon biting for approximately 2-3 days but can last up to 10 days following your root canal procedure. You may also experience general achiness in the area. The pain you may experience is a result of the trauma caused during the procedure. These symptoms can be relieved by taking 1-2 tablets of Extra Strength Tylenol or any other medication our office recommends every 6 hours as needed.
  2. After the Root Canal Procedure a temporary restoration may be placed in your tooth to help with the healing process. This filling must be replaced as it is only temporary coverage. An appointment with your dentist is necessary to have a permanent restoration placed, but we do ask that you wait at least one week prior to doing so to ensure that the tooth is comfortable.
  3. If you experience swelling or pain not relieved by the Tylenol or other medication, please call our office at (604) 299-1661, as an infection may have developed around the tooth. If you are experiencing severe pain or swelling and our office is closed please contact Dr. MacDonald at (604)813-0560. Post Operative Instructions after Surgical Root Canal Therapy: Medication: As soon as you arrive home, take the medication prescribed to you for discomfort.

Post Operative Instructions after Surgical Root Canal Therapy:

MEDICATION: As soon as you arrive home, take the medication prescribed to you for discomfort.

DO NOT TAKE ASPIRIN AR ANY OTHER DRUG CONTAINING ASPIRIN (such as Anacin, Bufferin, or APC) for pain control. Aspirin can cause bleeding after surgery. As a substitute use Tylenol or any other medication our office recommends. If an antibiotic has been prescribed be sure to take ALL the medication as directed. If any drug causes nausea, itching, or skin rash, discontinue the use and phone us immediately at (604)299-1661.

SWELLING: Swelling occurs often and is normal. You can minimize the swelling and often the pain by placing an ice pack on the side of the surgical procedure ½ hour on then ½ hour off, for the first 4-6 hours. Ice cubes in an ice bag work nicely as an inexpensive ice pack. Do not use heat on your face for the first 48 hours and avoid hot drinks or foods.

BLEEDING: Some slight seepage of blood is expected from the surgical site after the surgical procedure. Copious bleeding should not occur. In an emergency, apply pressure with a moistened tea bag for 20 minutes to the bleeding area and call the office. If the office is closed Dr. MacDonald can be reached at (604)813-0560.

RINSE: Do not rinse your mouth vigorously for the first day after surgery. Do not use any mouthwash and other fluids should be swallowed as directly as possible.

SMOKING: We suggest that you limit your smoking as the heat and smoke can act as an irritant significantly delaying healing and encourage bleeding.

ALCOHOL: It is very important that you avoid alcoholic beverages as alcohol can mix with the medications you are taking and cause a severe reaction.

ORAL HYGIENE: Meticulous oral hygiene should be continued in all areas of your mouth, but the area of surgery should be avoided in order not to dislodge the stitches. A Q-tip can be used to gently clean the surface of the surgical site.