Post-Op Instructions 


Surgery: Post-Operative Instructions

  1. If possible apply a cold compress to outside of the face in the area of the surgery. Apply the compress in intervals of 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off, for the first 24 to 48 hours. It is not unusual to have post-operative swelling. If swelling does occur, it should begin to decrease after the third or fourth day. If concerned, please call the office.
  2. If prescribed antibiotics, take as directed until all medication is consumed. If you have any questions, please call the office.
  3. Do not rinse your mouth for the first 24 hours. If given any prescribed rinses, begin use after the first 24 hours and continue to use for 1 week only, unless otherwise directed by the doctor.
  4. For the first 24 hours, eat soft cool foods that can be easily chewed or swallowed. Avoid eating or drinking hot foods or liquids (coffee, soup, tea).
  5. Avoid eating on or around the surgical site for 1 week.
  6. Do not raise your lip or pull on the cheek to look at the surgical site. This might tear the sutures.
  7. A little bleeding or oozing is normal after the surgery. If light bleeding persists, place a wet teabag against the area for 20 minutes or longer. If bleeding continues, please call the office immediately.
  8. Avoid brushing and flossing days around the surgical area for the first 7. After 7 days, brush and floss very gently around the surgical site trying to stay on the teeth only.
  9. Do not smoke for one week and avoid consuming alcoholic beverages for the first 24 hours. These actions may disrupt and delay healing, as well as interact with prescribed medications.
  10. It is not unusual to have a bloody nose during the first 24 hours. If the bleeding continues, or you are concerned, please call the office.
  11. Follow any additional instructions given by the doctor.
  12. Please call us immediately if you have any questions or concerns. A doctor is always on call.

Post Op Instructions After Completion of Your Endodontic Treatment

  1. Endodontic treatment for this tooth has now been completed. The root canals have been permanently sealed. Please phone your dentist promptly for an appointment to place a permanent restoration to protect your tooth. Delay in obtaining this permanent restoration may adversely affect the success of the root canal therapy. If available try to schedule an appointment with your dentist no later than 4 – 8 weeks.
  2. The tooth may be slightly tender for several days. If necessary, take analgesic tablets (i.e. Advil or Motrin) as instructed.
  3. Please chew very carefully with this tooth until your dentist completes the final restoration – this is to prevent fracture of the tooth.
  4. Your dentist will be informed that your endodontic treatment has now been completed and a progress report will be sent along with your radiographs.
  5. You will receive a notice within six months to a year requesting that you make an appointment with us for your check-up. This will permit us to examine the film of your tooth for healing. There is no additional fee for this service. It is important that endodontically treated teeth be examined periodically to evaluate healing.
  6. Thank you for your cooperation during treatment of your tooth. If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to call us at any time.