Post-Treatment Instructions


What to Expect:

Your tooth may be tender or sensitive following treatment.  The sensitivity will slowly diminish with time.

 What to Avoid: 

  * Drinking hot beverages until the numbness has worn off.

  * Eating until the numbness has worn off.

  * Alcohol or other recreational drugs while you are taking pain medication for your tooth.

  * Chewing on your tooth until the discomfort has subsided.

  * If a temporary filling is placed in your tooth, avoid chewing on your tooth until a permanent restoration

     is placed.

  * If a crown is indicated, avoid chewing on your tooth until a crown has been placed.

  * If you use an electric/sonic toothbrush, avoid using it on the tooth that was treated until the discomfort has subsided.

What is Recommended:

   * We will let you know whether you need to schedule an appointment with your general dentist to complete any final restorations that are recommended such as a permanent filling or crown.

 Analgesic Options: 

  1.  When possible, an anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen, Advil, or Motrin is the best choice. Take up to 600mg every 6 hours for no more than 2-3 days.
  2. Take up to 1000mg of Tylenol every 6 hours.
  3. If necessary, alternate between the anti-inflammatory and Tylenol every 3 hours.

If at any time, you are unable to control your discomfort with the above recommendations or if you develop swelling, please call our office at 530-592-4688.