Home Care Instructions

Your tooth and surrounding gum tissue may be slightly tender for several days as a result of manipulation during treatment and previous condition of your tooth. This tenderness is normal and is no cause for alarm. Do not chew food on the affected side until your endodontic therapy is completed and your tooth is covered with a protective restoration provided by your general dentist. You may continue your regular dental hygiene regimen. Discomfort may be alleviated by taking ibuprofen (Advil), aspirin, or acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed.

The initial root canal treatment will begin the healing process.  Every tooth is different, and the amount of discomfort that you will experience depends on how long the infection or inflammation had been building up in the tooth prior to treatment.  You may experience any of the following post-treatment events.

 1.)  Complete relief of your temperature sensitivity.

 2.)  Pressure sensitivity and tenderness may persist (ex. chewing pressure, or tapping on the tooth) for up to several weeks during the healing process.

       A.  Please try to avoid chewing directly on the tooth.  The temporary filling may feel shallow and slightly rough to your tongue.

        B.  You may experience a slight medicinal taste from the medicine sealed inside the tooth.

        C.  Use two Ibuprofen (Advil, Nuprin, Motrin) every 4-6 hours.  (Tylenol may be used but is usually not as effective.)

        D.  Use additional prescribed pain medication as directed and only if necessary.

        E.  Please call the office if these medications are not providing adequate relief.


3.)  If swelling was present before treatment it may improve immediately or it may increase slightly before improving.

         A.  Use prescribed Antibiotics as directed until all used up.

         B.  Use warm salt-water rinses (1/2 tsp. salt in 8 oz. water) several times a day.

         C.  If swelling should increase significantly, you should call the office.



         A.  Avoid chewing directly on the tooth – especially anything hard or sticky!

         B.  Continue to brush and floss around your tooth in treatment.

         C.  Maintain good nutrition and do not take medications on an empty stomach!

         D.  Call the office if you experience any of the following:  complete loss of temporary filling or crown, significant increase in swelling, severe pain after 48 hours, adverse reaction to any medication (hives, rash, extreme nausea.)

NOTE: Alcohol intake is not advised while taking any of these medications. Should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled with the above listed medications, or should swelling develop, please contact this office immediately.

The office telephone is answered day and night. If you need to call after hours, please have your pharmacy number available.

If you have any questions, please call our office at Albuquerque Office Phone Number 505-830-3636