Patient Instructions

Here are the instructions to prepare for your endodontic treatment, and for after your endodontic treatment.

Temporary Toothache Remedies

For immediate toothache relief:

  • Over-the-counter Motrin, Advil or Tylenol – 2 tablets every 4-6 hours.
  • Oragel – apply to top of tooth.
  • Don’t chew on that side of your mouth.
  • Avoid cold and hot beverages.

If the gum is swelling:

Contact Dr Liwen Tao to schedule an appointment for a permanent toothache remedy.

Before Endodontic Treatment

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

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 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.

General Instructions After the Procedure

Your tooth and surrounding gum tissue may be slightly tender for several days as a result of manipulation during treatment and previous condition of your tooth. This tenderness is normal and is no cause for alarm. Do not chew food on the affected side until your endodontic therapy is completed and your tooth is covered with a protective restoration provided by your restorative dentist. We can help you make the appointment with your dentist for the final restoration.

You may continue your regular dental hygiene regimen.

Discomfort may be alleviated by taking ibuprofen (Advil), aspirin, or acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed.

NOTE: Alcohol intake is not advised while taking any of these medications. Should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled with the above listed medications, or should swelling develop, please add the prescription medication. Please contact this office when needed. If you need to call after hours, please have your pharmacy number available.

After Completion of Endodontic Treatment

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 general dentist within a few weeks of the completion of root canal therapy for an appointment. A complete report of treatment will be sent to your general dentist.