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Instructions Following Root Canal Therapy

Please follow the guidelines below and contact us with any questions.

  • The tooth and its surrounding gum tissue may be somewhat tender for several days following treatment.
  • A general soreness and tenderness to biting is a normal part of the healing process.
  • Do not be surprised if you cannot use this tooth for chewing for a few days.
  • We recommend taking 3 tablets (600 mg) of Ibuprofen following treatment as needed every 6-8 hours.
  • A combination of Ibuprofen and Tylenol are effective:
    2 tablets (400 mg) of Ibuprofen and 1 Extra Strength Tylenol (500 mg).
    Take as needed every 6-8 hours.
  • If you are unable to take Ibuprofen, you may take Tylenol instead, 2 tablets (325 mg) and no more than 3 dosages a day.
  • You may rinse the area with warm salt water for relief.
  • Until the tenderness is gone, you should avoid chewing on that side of your mouth.
  • You may still brush your teeth as usual in the area.

In the unlikely event where the pain becomes severe or swelling develops, please call our office promptly at 760-944-0048.

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Encinitas, CA 92024

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