Endodontist in Hurst

DFW Endodontics, PA

1750 Cavender Drive
Hurst, TX 76054
(817) 786-4696

 


Post- Op Instructions

Post- Op Instructions for a Root Canal

Should you experience soreness, this is normal. The discomfort may last several days. Advil will usually relieve this situation. Soaking the area with 1/2 teaspoon of table salt in 8 oz. of comfortably hot water will be helpful. Chewing or biting on a sore tooth is like walking on a sprained ankle. It makes it hurt more and it delays healing. We will need to adjust your tooth if it is painful when you put your teeth together or when you clench your teeth. An exact adjustment often cannot be done until the anesthetic has worn off.

IF YOU PUT YOUR TEETH TOGETHER AND IT IS MORE UNCOMFORTABLE, WE NEED TO SEE YOU TO ADJUST YOUR BITE.

The tooth opening through which root canal treatment was done has been sealed with a temporary filling. Please arrange to see your family dentist within the next few weeks to have the tooth permanently restored.

Usually, the endodontically treated tooth has been weakened by previous decay and fillings, It is often necessary for this tooth to receive additional protection in the form of a cast gold restoration (onlay or cap). Your family dentist is best qualified to determine how to restore your tooth. A note and radiograph are being sent to your dentist, informing him that your treatment has been completed in our office.

Do not take pain medication on an empty stomach.

Vicodin (hydrocodone) and Darvocet (propoxyphene) can make you drowsy and impair your ability to drive safely. You should limit your activity when taking these medications to minimize nausea and dizziness. Discontinue medications if you develop signs of an allergic reaction: rash, hives, welts, or difficulty breathing.

If any questions or difficulties arise concerning your treatment, please do not hesitate to call.

If you are taking birth control pills and you take antibiotics, your pills may not be effective during that time. Please consult with your physician.

Patient Instructions for a Root Canal requiring a second visit.

Occasionally a root canal may take 2 office visits to complete. If this is the case, these instructions will be applicable as you leave your first appointment.

It is possible that your tooth will be sore for several days. This is due to the previous condition of your tooth and manipulation within the root canal during treatment. There is no cause for alarm since this is a perfectly normal reaction. Two Advil every 4 hours should be adequate to keep this inflammation under control. Soaking the area with 1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 oz. of comfortably hot water will usually be helpful. Chewing or biting on a sore tooth is like walking on a sprained ankle. It makes it hurt more and it delays healing. We will need t adjust your tooth if it painful when you put your teeth together or when you clench your teeth. An exact adjustment often can not be done until the anesthetic has worn off. Follow any specific instructions for these conditions that we have given you. Avoid chewing in this area until the tooth is crowned or restored. We need to see you should you experience swelling.

IF YOU PUT YOUR TEETH TOGETHER AND IT IS MORE UNCOMFORTABLE, WE NEED TO SEE YOU TO ADJUST YOUR BITE.

Discomfort following visits in no way affects the successful outcome of treatment. Do not take pain medication on an empty stomach.

Vicodin (hydrocodone) and Darvocet (propoxyphene) can make you drowsy and impair your ability to drive safely. You should limit your activity when taking these medications to minimize nausea and dizziness. Discontinue medications if you develop signs of an allergic reaction: rash, hives, welts, or difficulty breathing.

You may notice a medicinal taste between appointments. This is due to the penetrating quality of the medication and is not harmful. It is normal for a thin layer of temporary filling to be chewed away. Should all the temporary filling come out (or if you are in doubt), call the office.

If you have any questions or problems concerning your treatment, please do not hesitate to call.

If you are taking birth control pills and you take antibiotics, your pills may not be effective during that time. Consult with your physician.

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1750 Cavender Drive
Hurst, TX 76054
(817) 786-4696

Monday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Friday: For Emergencies Only