Root Canal/Endodontic Retreatment Post-operative Instructions

Following Procedure: Please avoid eating until the numbness in your mouth wears off, to prevent you from biting your cheek or tongue. Feel free to enjoy a protein shake or milkshake until then.

  • Diet: Should consist of nourishing foods of a soft and liquid consistency for the first 3 days following your procedure. Please avoid all foods that are exceptionally hot/spicy as it can cause irritation around the area as well as crunchy and sticky foods such as nuts, popcorn, pretzels, gum, chips etc. until your next visit.
  • Brushing: Please discontinue all brushing and flossing around the treated area until your next visit for suture removal.
  • Swelling/Bruising: Swelling and bruising may or may not occur depending on the nature of your procedure and may last from 3 days up to 1 week. Swelling can be minimized by applying ICE PACKS on the outside of your cheek for 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off 4-6 hours following your procedure. If any discomfort persists after two weeks be sure to give your Endodontists a call right away.
  • Medication: It is not unusual to have some discomfort for a few days following your surgical procedure. If your physician allows you to take Motrin (NSAIDS), two over the counter Motrin every 8 hours will be sufficient for pain control after endodontic surgery. Motrin is preferred, as it contains anti-inflammatories and will help with any discomfort as well as swelling. You may be given a prescription for a more potent medication to be taken only if necessary, to minimize your discomfort. Continue any medications prescribed for the next 3 days after your procedure, then as needed.
  • Contact your endodontist right away if you develop any of the following:
    • Severe pain/moderate swelling occurs days following your procedure.
    • An allergic reaction to medication, including rash, hives or itching (nausea is not an allergic reaction)