Postoperative Care

If you have had endodontic surgery, your post-surgery care will help ensure a faster and more comfortable healing period. You can expect to experience any of the following:

Moderate swelling
Mild to moderate discomfort
Facial discoloration (especially for fair skinned patients, who bruise easily)

What can you do for pain relief? Here is what we recommend:

Take Motrin tablets (600mg) every 4 to 6 hours for 3 days.
If you can not take NSAIDS(Advil/Ibuprofen/Motrin, etc) or if you are allergic to Aspirin, take Tylenol (500-1000 mg) every 4-6 hours for 3 days.
If you cannot take any of these, please consult with us.

Antibiotics – Take as instructed. If you have questions, please contact us.

For swelling, it is essential that you use a cold pack, 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off, on the first day.

For oozing – Take a moist gauze pad or tea bag on the oozing area and hold with light pressure for 20 minutes.

Important Notes:

Oral Hygiene

It is essential that you keep the surgical area clean, to promote healing. Please rinse with salt water or antiseptic rinses as often as possible throughout the week. Do not brush your teeth near the incisions for the first week; instead, use a gauze pad moistened with salt water to clean your teeth. Continue normal dental hygiene in other areas of your mouth.

Restricted Activities

DO NOT jog, swim, do aerobics, bicycle, or perform any activities that include heavy movement or jarring of your head. Do not bend down with your head below your waist. We recommend avoiding alcoholic beverages, smoking and spicy foods for 4-7 days.