Post Operative Instructions Post Operative Instructions following following Incomplete Therapy Incomplete Root Canal Root Canal Therapy - PDF Document

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  1. 550 Biltmore Way, Penthouse 3B Coral Gables FL, 33134 305-447-4000 www.endodontix.com   Post Operative Instructions Post Operative Instructions following following Incomplete Therapy Incomplete Root Canal Root Canal Therapy Oh  no!  For  one  reason  or  another  your  root  canal  was  unable  to  be  completed,  usually  for  one  of   two  reasons.  Either  the  infection  was  too  big  and  didn’t  allow  Dr.  Alonso  to  finish  treatment  or   there  was  a  fracture  in  your  tooth.    Hopefully  you  had  a  pleasant  experience;  that  truly  is  our  goal.   Incomplete  Treatment  Due  to  Infection   1.DO  NOT  eat  or  drink  anything  for  the  next  30  minutes.  DO  NOT  try  to  feel  around  your   tooth  with  your  tongue.     2.IMMEDIATELY  start  the  antibiotics  that  were  prescribed  to  you.  The  sooner  you  get  the   antibiotics  in  your  system  the  sooner  they  can  begin  to  work  against  the  infection.  Please  be   patient  as  it  takes  a  full  24  hours  for  the  antibiotics  to  take  effect.  Take  the  FULL  COURSE  of   antibiotics!   3.DO  NOT  use  the  tooth  to  bite  down  on  anything  hard  (peanuts,  pretzels,  ice,  etc.),  the  tooth   is  prone  to  fracture  if  you  bite  down  on  anything  too  hard  or  crunchy.   4.It  is  normal  for  the  temporary  filling  to  “divot”  in  with  use.  It  is  very  rare  for  it  to  fall  out   entirely.  If  the  temporary  falls  out  you  should  contact  us  as  soon  as  possible.  If  it  happens   when  our  office  is  close,  we  recommend  you  purchase  some  temporary  filling  material  from   any  pharmacy  and  place  a  dab  in  the  tooth  until  you  have  an  opportunity  to  see  us  at  our   office.       5.Some  minor  discomfort  in  the  area  is  normal.  It  is  normal  for  the  tooth  to  be   uncomfortable  for  2-­‐3  days  after  today’s  treatment.  Sometimes,  depending  on  the   circumstances,  the  tooth  and  surrounding  tissues  may  remain  sore  for  a  few  weeks.  The   three  most  common  reasons  for  pain  are:   ?Sore  jaw  joint  from  having  your  mouth  open  for  a  prolonged  time.   ?Sore  muscle  from  the  injection  site.   ?Sore  gum  from  the  rubber  dam  placement.   6.Any  pain  or  discomfort  can  be  handled  with  over  the  counter  medication.  We  recommend:   ?2-­‐3  Advil  or  Motrin  every  6  hours  for  the  next  2  days.   -­‐OR-­‐   ?2  Extra  Strength  Tylenol  or  generic  equivalents  every  6  hours  for  the  next  2  days.   99%  of  the  time  this  is  enough  to  handle  the  discomfort.  If  it  is  not,  please  contact  our  office   and  we  will  ensure  you  are  comfortable.   7.You  may  floss  and  brush  your  tooth  as  normal,  unless  told  otherwise  by  Dr.  Alonso.   8.It  is  very  important  that  you  keep  your  appointment  with  our  office  to  finish  the  root  canal.   PLEASE  do  not  cancel  or  reschedule  your  appointment  even  if  you  are  feeling  better.   Remember  the  antibiotics  will  help  with  the  infection  which  will  in  turn  alleviate  the  pain   and  the  pressure  but  the  treatment  still  needs  to  be  completed.    

  2. 550 Biltmore Way, Penthouse 3B Coral Gables FL, 33134 305-447-4000 www.endodontix.com   If  you  experience  moderate  to  severe  pain,  swelling,  bruising,  throbbing  and  general  discomfort,   please  contact  our  office.  You  may  be  prescribed  different  or  additional  antibiotics,  stronger  pain   medication,  a  steroid  and/or  you  may  be  asked  to  come  to  our  office.     If  you  experience  any  of  these  symptoms  outside  of  regular  office  hours  Dr.  Alonso  can  always  be   reached  through  the  regular  office  number.  Once  you  leave  a  message  he  receives  a  notification  on   his  cell  phone  and  will  return  your  call  within  the  hour.     Incomplete  Treatment  Due  to  Fracture   1.DO  NOT  eat  or  drink  anything  for  the  next  30  minutes.  DO  NOT  try  to  feel  around  your   tooth  with  your  tongue.     2.DO  NOT  use  the  tooth  to  bite  down  on  anything  hard  (peanuts,  pretzels,  ice,  etc.).   3.If  our  office  was  unable  to  refer  you  to  an  ORAL  SURGEON  for  whatever  reason,  please   contact  your  general  dentist  ASAP  to  get  a  referral  and  schedule  an  appointment  with  their   office.   4.If  our  office  was  able  to  get  you  an  appointment  with  the  ORAL  SURGEON  please  do  not   cancel,  reschedule  or  no  show  their  office.  The  sooner  you  get  the  tooth  extracted  the   better.  If  you  leave  the  issue  unresolved  you  are  running  a  risk  of  worsening  the  fracture  or   causing  an  infection.     5.After  your  extraction  follow  up  with  your  general  dentist.