After Root Canal Therapy

by on September 1, 2015 in General Dentistry
After Root Canal Therapy

Following your root canal treatment (RCT) at Fresh Pond Dentistry in Cambridge, it is critical that you do not eat on the side of your mouth that is affected, because that area is still numb from the anesthetic. 

For Pain/Medicine:

  • Ice packs are recommended and encouraged for the first 36 hours following your surgery. You can apply ice regularly while you are awake in short fifteen minute intervals. 
  • Take over-the-counter medicines like Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Advil, and Motrin for pain relief. Please follow the package directions for dosage information. If the pain does not ease after three days or if the pain has increased, please give our office a call for some further advice. 
  • If you have been prescribed medicine for extreme pain please note that the medication may make you tired and can cause slower reflexes.    
  • If you were prescribed an antibiotic, please finish your prescription regardless of your symptoms. Unless you have a rash, then stop taking the prescription and speak with an associate at our office for further instruction. 

Things You Are Encouraged To Do:

  • Drink plenty of fluids. 
  • Refrain from eating spicy foods. 
  • Restrict your diet to only soft foods. 
  • Avoid very hot or cold foods. 
  • Do not drink through straws. 
  • Avoid all alcoholic beverages.
  • Do Not Smoke. Sleep with your head in an elevated position for the first few nights. 
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for the first 24 hours. 
  • Do not rinse your mouth for the first 24 hours after your surgery.
  • Use a warm salt water rinse every 4 hours following each of your meals.

If all is followed, the healing time should be pain-free and a successful surgery can be guaranteed. 

Your dentist in Cambridge cares about your health and well being. Please feel free to give us a call with any questions or concerns!


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