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. Use precaution when chewing 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), 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 over the counter medications, or should swelling develop, please contact this office immediately.

If you are given an antibiotic, we recommend taking probiotics. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your digestive system.  Antibiotics can destroy the “good” bacteria in your digestive system and probiotics will help replenish. 

 Do not use heat in the area; heat is not recommended for use in areas of infections. Instead, use ice packs. Place ice pack on area 20 minutes out of the hour as needed. 

Most root canals can be done in a single visit. More complicated cases such as teeth with multiple roots, curved roots, calcification of canals, or infections could require more than one visit. Teeth that are extremely infected may take several visits as the infection will need to be controlled for the root canal to be a success.

If you have any questions, please call our office at Atlanta Office Phone Number 404-264-1944