Instructions for Treatment

Before Endodontic Treatment

This procedure will be performed using local anesthesia. There are usually no restrictions after the procedure concerning driving or returning to work.

Continue all medications as recommended by your physician. If there is a question regarding your existing medications, please call our office prior to your appointment.

If you have been advised by your physician or dentist to use antibiotic premedication because of mitral valve prolapse (MVP), heart murmur, hip, knee, cardiac or other prosthesis, or if you have rheumatic heart disease, 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.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your appointment, please give us a call at (563) 359-4270.

Home Care Instructions

Your tooth and surrounding gum tissue may be slightly tender for several days following treatment. This tenderness or soreness is normal and should not be alarming for the patient. Please note that just because the tooth is sensitive, it does not mean that the treatment was unsuccessful. For the next few days, try to eat on the opposite side of your mouth and a soft diet is recommended for rapid healing. A warm salt water rinse will help alleviate any discomfort in the gum tissue. After treatment has been completed, you may continue your regular dental hygiene regimen. The area of treatment may be sensitive for a few days.

Discomfort may be alleviated by taking ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), aspirin, or acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed. If you are sensitive to these medications, or have been advised by your physician against taking them, please ask us for alternatives.

NOTE: Alcohol intake is not advised while taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Should you experience discomfort after taking the above medications, or should swelling develop, please contact the office immediately. If you need to call after hours, please have your pharmacy number available. Prescriptions or antibiotics will only be called in for patients of Quad City Endodontics.