Wondering what to do after anesthesia? Have questions regarding oral hygiene instructions? After your endodontic procedure, you will be given general instructions to follow at home. Use these oral health instructions to manage pain and properly care for your tooth during recovery. It is important to follow the general instructions, particularly if Dr. Cardon placed a temporary crown or filling.
After anesthesia, as the anesthesia wears off after your root canal therapy, you may experience tenderness in the treatment area for a few days as the wound heals. Mild soreness in the jaw is also not uncommon, after having your mouth held ajar for an extended period during the endodontic procedure. These are temporary symptoms that typically respond well to non-prescription medications, such as acetaminophen, to manage the discomfort. Have additional questions about what to do after anesthesia? Let us know at your appointment.
Oral Health Instructions
Contact your endodontist, Dr. Cardon, at our office in Spanish Fork, UT immediately if you develop any of the following symptoms:
Severe pain, pressure or swelling (inside or outside of the mouth) that lasts for more than a few days
Allergic reaction to antibiotics or pain medication
Temporary filling or crown dislodging
Symptoms of infection returning
Wait until the numbness wears off after your treatment before eating to avoid biting into your tongue or cheek. Do not use the treated tooth to bite or chew until the tooth is permanently restored.
After your follow-up appointment, you will need to see your dentist as soon as possible to have your tooth fully restored with a dental crown.
Oral Hygiene Instructions
Follow the recommended oral hygiene instructions, brush twice a day and floss at least once daily to keep the treated area clean. Practice these oral hygiene habits, keep up with regular dental cleanings and exams, and contact your endodontist if you experience discomfort, swelling or pain as the months pass. Sometimes, a treated tooth will require an additional endodontic procedure in the future, even months or years after the first treatment, to save the tooth.