General Instructions

There are usually no restrictions after the procedure concerning driving or returning to work. A doctor is available for consultation at all times should a problem arise after your endodontic treatment.
         
Continue all medications for blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid problems and any other conditions as recommended by your physician unless told otherwise by our office. If there is a question, please call our office prior to your appointment.
         
If you have been advised by your physician or dentist to use antibiotic premedication because of mitral valve prolapse (MVP), heart murmur, hip, knee, cardiac or other prosthesis, or if you have rheumatic heart disease, please make sure you are on the appropriate antibiotic on the day of your appointment. If there is a question, please call our office at 720-304-2600 prior to your appointment.

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. Avoid chewing any food on the affected side until your endodontic therapy is completed and your tooth is covered with a protective restoration provided by your restorative dentist. You may continue your regular dental hygiene regimen. Discomfort may be alleviated by taking ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), aspirin, or acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed. 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 outgoing message provides an emergency telephone number for after hours calls. You may be prescribed additional medication such as antibiotics. Any medications prescribed should be followed as directed:

  • Avoid eating or drinking hot foods or beverages until numbness has entirely dissipated.
  • The tooth may be tender for several days as a result of the manipulation during treatment. Unless specified by the doctor, begin taking Ibuprofen, Advil, or Motrin (3 tablets of 200 mg. Or 600 mg every 6 hours for the first two days following treatment. Tylenol (2 tablets of 500 mg every 6 hours) can be used as an alternative or in addition to Ibuprofen, Advil or Motrin for three consecutive days whether or not you are experiencing discomfort. Should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled with the above medications, or should swelling develop, please contact our office immediately.
  • Should pain become severe or should swelling develop or any other condition that causes you concern, please contact our office at any time, including after office hours at 720-304-2600.