PLEASE READ THIS LAST SECTION, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT
Although about 95% of root canals cause very little to no discomfort after the treatment
is completed, there are about 5% of cases which can cause significant discomfort. These are commonly referred to as “flare-ups”. They mostly often occur on badly infected teeth, teeth that are extremely irritated, or teeth that have a history or prior treatment. Sometimes, however, they occur randomly, even on patients that have has several root canals previously without problems.
If you have a flare-up you may experience moderate to severe discomfort, swelling ( can get as large as a golf ball), bruising, throbbing, and generalized discomfort, which usually begins a few hours after treatment and may last 2-3 days.
Please contact our office if you experience any of these symptoms and we will do everything we possibly can to get you relief. You may be prescribed antibiotics, a different pain medication, or a steroid. Should you experience any of these symptoms please contact our office.
SOME HELPFUL SUGGESTIONS.
1. Following your appointment, rinse frequently with warm salt water ( 1 tablespoon of salt in full 8 oz. glass of warm water). Hold over the tooth that was treated and swish for 1-2 minutes
2. Eat a balanced diet. Your body needs nourishment for proper healing.
3. DO NOT take medications on an empty stomach unless specifically directed. If you do this could lead to vomiting and/or an upset stomach.