Post Operative Instructions

Don’t worry, most people are fine following treatment!

Instructions following root canal therapy:
  • Don’t chew on the treated side.  Expect tenderness to pressure/chewing for about 3-6 days.
  • Avoid hard, crunchy foods.
  • Take medication as instructed.
  • Brush and floss as you would normally.
  • Minor discomfort is not unusual.
  • See your general dentist within approximately one month.
Instructions following surgery (apicoectomy)
  • Don’t chew on the treated side.
  • Do not lift or pull on lips.
  • Take medication as instructed.
  • Eat soft foods.
  • Day of surgery:  Apply an ice pack to face over the surgical site for 20 minutes on, 10 minutes off.
  • Day after surgery for at least 3 days:  Rinse mouth often with warm salt water (one teaspoon salt in 8 oz. warm water)
  • Some swelling or bruising is not unusual.
  • Brush chewing surface of teeth carefully.  Avoid the gum at the surgical site.  Mouthwash may be used.
  • If there is a fever, swelling, or uncontrolled discomfort, please call the office.


If you have questions or concerns, PLEASE call us, 202-835-3636.

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