Instructions-Following Endodontic Surgery
After Endodontic Surgery:
- Do not lift or pull on your lips. This may cause tearing out of the sutures.
- To minimize swelling, use an ice pack on the face over the operated area. The pack should be used- on for 20 minutes off for 10 minutes- and should be continued for the first day only.
- During the first day, eat foods that will be nourishing but will not require vigorous chewing, i.e.: eggs, soups, milk shakes, etc.
- Starting tomorrow, rinse with warm salt water (one teaspoon to 8 oz. of warm water), as often as possible. Continue rinsing for one week.
- You should brush your teeth carefully in the treated area excluding the gums. Do not use dental floss or a water irrigation device.
- For pain, ibuprofen is recommended. Follow the instruction of the doctor concerning your medications.
- Return to this office for suture removal as directed.
What to Expect:
- Although severe pain seldom occurs, some discomfort will usually be present. Use the anti-inflammatory medication as directed. Please inform us if you are experiencing significant discomfort or have a temperature.
- There will be some swelling and discoloration for three to five days. This is a normal part of the healing process.
- There is often temporary loss of feeling in the surgical site.
- The treated tooth may feel loose for a brief time.
Should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled with the above medications or prescribed medications, and should swelling develop, PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE YOU WERE TREATED AT: