1. After each appointment when anaesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off.
2. Your teeth and surrounding gum tissue may be 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.
3. It is common for your tooth to be sensitive to touch, biting, chewing and tapping. Sensitivity usually subsides in a few days, but may continue for weeks, improvement is gradual. Do not chew food on the affected/treated side until your root canal therapy is completed and your tooth is covered with a protective restoration provided by your dentist.
4. Do not apply hot or cold compresses to the outside of your face.
5. To control discomfort, Take medications prescribed by the office. To further reduce pain and swelling, rinse three times a day with warm salt water (mix one teaspoon of salt in one cup of warm water, rinse-swish-spit)
6. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them as instructed even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone.
7. You may continue your regular dental hygiene regimen.
8. If swelling and pain occur, or if you have any questions, or difficulties arise as a consequence of your treatment, please do not hesitate to call the office.
Please take all prescriptions as directed for discomfort. Feel free to contact us if any doubt arises as your progress and recovery.