INSTRUCTIONS:

Before Endodontic Treatment- Your procedure will be performed using local anesthesia. There are usually no restrictions after the procedure concerning driving or returning to work. Dr. Pflum is available for consultation should a problem arise after your treatment.

Continue all medications for blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid problems and any other conditions as recommended by your physician. If there is a question, please call our office prior to your appointment.

Please eat a full breakfast or lunch as applicable.

If you have been advised by your physician or dentist to use antibiotic premedication because of a heart condition, hip, knee, cardiac or other prosthesis, please make sure you are on the appropriate antibiotic on the day of your appointment. If there is a question, please call our office prior to your appointment.

If you can take ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen sodium (Aleve), it does help reduce inflammation when taken pre-operatively. We recommend 2 tablets of either medication 2-4 hours before endodontic therapy.

Home Care Instructions- It is common to experience some discomfort in the treated tooth for 2-5 days due to manipulation of the tooth during treatment and any prior inflammation or infection present. Take any medication provided, and call our office should symptoms not improve within a few days.

Rarely, some patients will experience a condition called flare up in which they develop obvious facial swelling or increased pain in the tooth in the few days following treatment. These symptoms will not impact the outcome of the treatment, but should be reported to our office.

The filling in your tooth is a temporary filling and should be replaced as soon as possible by your dentist. Wait approximately 30 minutes after the procedure before eating, then chew normally.

After Endodontic Treatment- Please call your dentist promptly for an appointment to place a permanent restoration on your tooth.

Endodontic treatment has now been completed. The root canal system has been permanently sealed. However, the outer surface is sealed with a temporary restoration. A follow-up restoration must be placed to protect your tooth against fracture and decay.

Please telephone your restorative dentist for an appointment. A complete report of treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist.