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Board Certified Root Canal Specialist in Maitland, Winter Park area, Florida


General Information

Post-operative Instructions following Root Canal Treatment


We hope you had a pleasant visit to Endodontic Associates of Orlando. Our staff strives to provide you with root canal treatment in a comfortable environment.

Following the completion of the root canal treatment, it is important to schedule an appointment with your general dentist over the following 1-2 weeks to have your tooth permanently restored. If we have placed a temporary filling according to your dentists instructions it will not permanently protect your tooth from re-infection or tooth fracture.

Your tooth may be uncomfortable for a few days and tender to chewing pressure up to a week or more after treatment. This is normal. Pain medications are highly recommended. This will be discussed during your appointment.


Post-Surgical Endodontic Instructions:


1. Apply an ice pack to the area of the face where the surgery was performed. Use the ice pack for 6 hours, 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off. This will help decrease the swelling following the procedure. Maximum swelling is usually noted 1-3 days following the surgery.

2. Maintain a soft diet for the two days following the procedure. Recommended liquid foods include Ensure and Boost. Avoid foods that are hot, spicy or hard to chew. It is important to drink plenty of fluids and refraining from consuming alcohol or smoking cigarettes.

3. The day following the surgery, begin rinsing gently with warm salt water. If a Peridex rinse is prescribed then rinse with Peridex after breakfast and before bed. Throughout the day, use the warm salt water rinses to maintain a clean surgical site. Brush and floss all teeth except the ones in the surgical area.

4. Slight oozing of blood from the surgical area may occur in the first 24 hours after surgery. If increased bleeding is noted, please contact the office or Dr. Shin after hours. Pressure should be applied using a moist cotton gauze or with a tea bag.

5. A discussion concerning pain medication and antibiotics will take place prior to the surgical procedure. All medications should be taken as directed. Please contact Dr. Shin if you have any questions. Over the counter or prescription pain medication will be provided. If antibiotics are prescribed, then they should be taken as directed until gone. If an allergic reaction is experienced then the antibiotic should be discontinued and the doctor should be informed.

6. A postoperative appointment will be scheduled to remove the sutures. Please do not lift up your lip to see the surgical site. This can result in disturbing the sutures and inhibiting the healing process. The surgical site will be shown to the patient prior to leaving the office.

7. A minimal increase of body temperature may occur in the first day following the surgical procedure. This is normal. Infection after endodontic surgery is not typical but can occur. If an infection develops, it usually occurs 2 to 3 days after the surgery. Signs of an infection include sudden increase in pain or swelling, feverish feeling, sore glands in the neck area, and a general flulike feeling. If you think an infection has developed, please contact the office immediately.