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Post-Op Procedures

If you are scheduled for endodontic treatment at Limited to Endodontics, the following information will help you to understand what to expect after your upcoming root canal (post-op) and the steps you should take as you recover.

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Instructions for Treatment

Treatment In Progress

The following instructions are for treatment that has been initiated, but is not yet completed.

  • Root Canal Therapy (Initiated)

    If root canal therapy has been initiated, please be sure to schedule an additional appointment(s) at our office for the completion of your treatment.

  • Temporary Filling

    If you receive a temporary filling as part of your initial treatment, it is best to ‘stay off’ that tooth to prevent discomfort and give it time to heal. The tooth will remain fragile until it is completely restored at your follow up appointment.

    Completed Treatment

    Following the completion of root canal treatment, you must return to your regular dentist to have the temporary filling replaced. Contact your dentist within 2 weeks after of your root canal treatment to book an appointment for your permanent restoration. In the meantime, be sure to follow the instructions below.

    • Food

      While you are anaesthetized (frozen) you will not have feeling in the area, please avoid eating or drinking anything hot as you may not feel the heat and may burn yourself.

      It is important to avoid pressure or chewing on the tooth (teeth) that has been treated, in order to decrease the risk of fracture, until you have seen your regular dentist for a permanent restoration to be placed.

    • Discomfort

      Some patients will experience discomfort on the tooth that has been treated. This may last anywhere between 7 to 10 days.

      Swelling in the affected area could also occur.

      These are not unusual post-operative events.

    • Medication

      Please continue with any medications prescribed, unless instructed otherwise by the doctor. Notify our office of any problems that may arise due to the medications you are taking.

    If You Have Had Surgery

    We do all we can to ensure that your recovery period is as uneventful as possible. However, if a question or concern should arise regarding your treatment or medication being taken, please contact our Mississauga endodontics office.

    Following your surgery please be sure to follow the instructions below in order to reduce any pain and discomfort and to help aid recovery.

    • Ice the Area
      • Immediately apply the ice pack that is provided to you and hold in place for half an hour.
      • Continue to ice the area for 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off until bedtime. In the morning, ice the area for an additional two hours. A package of frozen vegetables will work well for this as it will mold to the shape of your face.
      • Please DO NOT apply the ice pack directly to your skin; rather, use a paper towel to prevent irritation to the skin.
    • Alleviate Swelling, Bruising & Discomfort

      Some swelling, bruising and moderate discomfort is completely normal after surgery. These typically begin about 24 hours after surgery and increase for 48 hours, then gradually subside. Follow the instructions below to minimize and alleviate discomfort:

      • Sleep with your head in an elevated position using an extra pillow, for the first couple of nights after surgery.
      • For discomfort, use extra strength Tylenol every 4-6 hours as required, as long as you are not allergic to it. Do not use aspirin products.
      • For discomfort of a more intense nature, use the medications that have been prescription provided for you. Always take antibiotics and any other medications as directed.
    • Wait 24 Hours to Rinse

      Please wait a full 24 hours after surgery before rinsing your mouth. 24 hours after surgery you may rinse after each meal or snack and before retiring at night. Follow these instructions for rinsing:

      • Use one teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water. Continue this until your post-surgical visit 7-14 days later.
      • No mouth wash is to be used during this time (as it is very irritating) but an antibacterial rinse may be prescribed by the doctor if necessary.
    • Consume Appropriate Food & Fluids

      Keep food away from the surgical site. It is important to maintain proper nourishment.

      Stick to a soft food diet for the day of and the day after surgery. Avoid hot foods while the surgical site is still frozen, as this may burn your mouth.

      Warm foods may be eaten once the freezing has worn off.

    • Other Lifestyle Instructions
      • Refrain from smoking during the first 48 hours as well as minimizing its frequency during the healing phase.
      • No strenuous exercise for 48 hours after surgery.
      • No drinking of alcoholic beverages while taking the prescribed medication.
      • Keep talking and facial movements to a minimum during the first day and refrain from lifting your lip in order to look at the surgical site.
    • Maintain Oral Hygiene
      • Maintain your normal oral hygiene program of brushing and flossing, except in the surgical site until your post-surgical visit.
      • Periodic (3-4 times daily) salt water rinses and gently running a wet Q-tip over the surface of the teeth in the surgical site (wait 48 hours after surgery before using the Q-tip) will maintain hygiene in the surgical site.
      • Note: If your sinus was involved during surgery (the doctor and staff will inform you) please refrain from blowing your nose. Please use a nasal decongestant spray to prevent congestion. If blood is seen through the nose, this is not unusual and will subside within 48 hours. If excessive bleeding is seen, please inform the office.

    After Hours Emergencies

    If you are experiencing any issues after hours, please call us at (905) 601-8393.

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