After Completion of Endodontic Treatment FAQ
After treatment, it is normal to experience some minor discomfort to pressure and biting for up to two weeks. Some patients have remarked that their tooth felt “bruised” after treatment. This type of discomfort is usually well controlled with the medicine that you would normally take for a headache or minor aches and pains (Advil, Motrin, Aspirin, Alleve, Tylenol, etc.). It is advisable not to chew on your tooth until your dentist restores it with a crown or other appropriate restoration since it may be sore to pressure and may be weakened due to tooth structure loss.
What should I do if I have complications like swelling, fever, or moderate pain?
SWELLING OR FEVER: If Dr. Noble has given you a prescription for antibiotics (Pen VK, Clindamycin, Keflex, Biaxin, Amoxicillin, Augmentin, etc.), please fill it and begin taking it as soon as the fever or swelling begins. It may take 24-48 hours before your antibiotics reach an adequate level of medication to alleviate your symptoms. If your symptoms have not significantly changed after taking the medicine for 48 hours, please contact our office. If you have a fever of 102 F or above, please contact our office or an emergency room. If you have an allergic reaction to any medication you are taking (hives, rash, itching, etc.), discontinue the medication and contact our office.
PAIN, MODERATE TO SEVERE: If Dr. Noble has given you a prescription for pain medicine, use it as directed for moderate to severe discomfort. It is advisable to use over the counter medications (Advil, Motrin, Aspirin, Alleve, Tylenol, etc.) initially because pain medication may have side effects such as nausea, dizziness, vomiting, etc., and it may be habit-forming. You should not operate a vehicle or other machinery if you are taking pain medicine as it may impair your ability to properly function. If you have an allergic reaction to any medication you are taking (hives, rash, itching, etc.), discontinue the medication and contact our office.
What should I do if I have questions?
Feel free to call our office for assistance (after hours and weekends, you may reach us at Nashville Endodontics Phone Number 615-320-3636). We will make every effort to assist you with your questions and concerns.