Postoperative Discomfort

  • After endodontic treatment, your tooth, gum tissue and jaw may be tender for several days as a result of manipulation during treatment and previous condition of your tooth. This is normal and is no cause for alarm. Our doctors will typically prescribe high-dose non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (ibuprofen) to minimize post-operative sensitivity. Occasionally, stronger pain medications and/or antibiotics are also prescribed as needed. To minimize the discomfort and to protect your tooth, avoid chewing on the affected side until your general dentist restores the tooth with a crown or permanent filling.
  • 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 office telephone is answered day and night. If you need to call after hours, please have your pharmacy number available.