Endodontic Treatment Instructions
- Apply cold compresses to outside of face in the area of surgery-15 minutes on, 15 minutes off-for 6 hours. Do not use after 24 hours. It is not unusual to have post-operative swelling. If swelling does occur, it should begin to decrease after the third day.
- Some swelling should be expected; it will reach its maximum in 48-72 hours, and then it will start to decrease.
- If prescribed antibiotics, take as directed until all medication is consumed. Take pain relievers as directed but only as often as is necessary to manage the discomfort.
- Do not rinse your mouth for the first day. Begin the use of the prescribed rinse the morning after the day of surgery.
- Starting the day after your treatment, rinse gently after meals or snacks with the prescribed rinse. Continue for at least one week.
- For the first 24 hours, eat soft, cool foods that can be easily chewed or swallowed. Avoid eating or drinking hot foods or liquids (coffee, soup, tea).
- Do not raise your lip or pull on the cheek to look at the surgical site. This might tear the sutures.
- A little bleeding or oozing is normal after the surgery. If worried, place a wet tea bag firmly against the area for 20 minutes or longer if necessary. If bleeding continues, please call the office.
- Avoid brushing and flossing the surgical site for the first six days. After 6 days, brush the surgical site very delicately. You may begin to gently brush other areas of your mouth beginning the night after surgery. However, you need to wait until 3 days following surgery before using toothpaste.
- Do not smoke, spit, blow your nose, or take any alcoholic beverages for the first 24 hours. These actions may delay healing and cause complications.