Home Care Instructions

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. You may continue your regular dental hygiene regimen. Discomfort may be alleviated by taking ibuprofen (Advil of Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol). For post-operative discomfort, Dr. Karney recommends taking 3-4 tablets of ibuprofen every 6-8 hours.  If you cannot take ibuprofen, then he recommends taking 2 tablets of Extra strength Tylenol every 6-8 hours.  At the time of your treatment, Dr. Karney will decide if a stronger pain medication is needed and will prescribe it at that time.

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 contact this office immediately.

The office telephone is answered day and night. If you need to call after hours, please have your pharmacy number available.