Post-Ops Instructions - After Root Canal Therapy (RCT) and Crown

Your comfort and health are important to us. Please use these post-operative instructions as a helpful guide on what to expect and measures to take following your dental procedures. You can also call us at 774-530-6199, if you have any questions or concerns following your treatment.

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  • Avoid eating or drinking hot foods or beverages until numbness has entirely dissipated.
  • Do not intake alcohol or other recreational drugs while you are taking pain medication for treatment of your tooth.
  • The tooth may be tender for several days as a result of the manipulation during treatment. Unless specified by the doctor, begin taking Ibuprofen, Advil, or Motrin (3 tablets of 200 mg. Or 600 mg every 6 hours for the first two days following treatment. Tylenol (2 tablets of 500 mg every 6 hours) can be used as an alternative or in addition to Ibuprofen, Advil or Motrin for three consecutive days whether or not you are experiencing discomfort. Should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled with the above medications, or should swelling develop, please contact our office immediately.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water (one-half teaspoon of table salt to one glass warm water). Repeat several times each day until tenderness is gone.
  • Avoid chewing on the treated tooth until all tenderness has disappeared.
  • Should pain become severe or should swelling develop or any other condition that causes you concern, please contact our office.
  • Brush your teeth as usual

 
The Importance of the Temporary Crown or Bridge
We will place a temporary crown or bridge to protect your teeth and gum tissues while a custom restoration is being created for you in a dental laboratory. In addition, this temporary will help prevent the adjacent teeth from shifting, ensuring that your final custom-crafted crown or bridge will fit. Temporary cement will be used to hold the restoration in place. Although the temporary should be very comfortable, you may need to alter your eating and oral hygiene habits slightly to ensure the temporary stays in place between appointments. Eventually, it is replaced by a permament crown.
  • Avoid chewing gum and eating sticky or hard foods.
  • If possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth.
  • Brush and floss carefully each day, pulling the floss out from the side as you floss next to the temporary. Pulling out from the top can cause the temporary to come loose. If you have problems flossing, let us know. We have a product called Superfloss — thicker, sturdier floss that may give you better control.
  • It's vital to the proper fit of your final restoration that your temporary stays in place, if your temporary does come off, call us immediately so we can arrange to cement it back into place.
  • After the permanent restoration is placed you may feel slight pressure for a few days. Also, the bite may feel different for a day or two. But if after 2-3 days the bite still feels uneven or if you feel discomfort when chewing on the tooth, call our office. Delaying the necessary adjustments may damage the tooth permanently.
 
You should also call our office right away if:
  • Your bite feels uneven
  • You have persistent pain
  • You have any questions or concerns

 

 

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