ROOT CANAL POST-TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS  

 *If we medicated your tooth today, treatment is NOT complete on this tooth. It is essential that you return to our office for further treatment.

Don’t eat for 1-2 hours to allow numbness to go away. It is normal to feel tenderness in the treated area for the next 48-72 hours.  If you continue to feel a dull ache lasting longer than a week, please call us.

Until you have a permanent restoration placed, AVOID chewing on the treated tooth, especially HARD, STICKY, CHEWY FOODS! You can brush and floss as usual though.                  

Ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®) generally works the best to manage post-treatment discomfort.  We recommend:

  • 600-800mg Ibuprofen every 6 hours for 2 days.
  • 1000mg Acetaminophen (Tylenol®) every 6 hours for 2 days.

***For moderate to severe pain take 800mg Ibuprofen then 3 hours later take 1000mg Acetaminophen and continue to rotate these medications every 3 hours. These medications can be taken together and work well when alternated. Immediately stop using any drug that causes an upset stomach or allergic reactions.

A small percentage of patients may experience a flare up 3-4 days after treatment. Please continue taking your medications as prescribed and this usually will resolve on its own within 1-2 days without further treatment.   

***A stiff jaw is common after treatment. It is best if you work to slowly stretch your jaw until full range of motion returns. 

Regular Office Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30-5:00  Fayetteville Office Phone Number 479-445-6884

After Hours:

Dr. Nate’s cell phone: 479-313-5419

Dr. Katherine’s cell phone: 479-313-5418

If you reach the doctor’s voice mail, speak slowly and leave your phone number twiceIf the doctor has not called back within one hour, please call again. Before calling, have your pharmacy number available in case the doctor needs to call in a prescription.