After Your Endodontic Surgery

Instructions following endodontic surgery

  1. No rinsing for the first 48 hours.
  2. Expect some swelling and discoloration. Swelling can be minimized by placing an ice bag on the face in the surgical area for 20 minutes, then removing it for 20 minutes. This procedure should be repeated for the first 5 to 6 hours following surgery.
  3. Soft bland food are recommended for the first 24 hours (i.e. yogurt, eggs). Avoid chewing on the surgerized tooth for several days.
  4. No alcohol or smoking for 24 hours.
  5. Gentile brushing of the teeth in the area is recommended. Avoid brushing the gum tissues in the surgical area.
  6. Expect some mild, occasional oozing of blood. Use gauze if necessary.
  7. Limit activities for the first 48 hours. No strenuous exercise.
  8. Discomfort can be controlled by using two to three Advil every 4 to 6 hours. Should your medical history contraindicate the use of Advil, two Extra Strength Tylenol may be substituted every 4 to 6 hours.
  9. After surgical treatment, numbness may occur. In most instances it is short lived. Report any long-term numbness to the office.

Please do not hesitate to call the office if you have a question or a concern involving your surgical care.