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. Tenderness when chewing may persist for a couple weeks.

*While you are still numb, be careful not to bite your lip or burn your mouth on hot beverages/foods.

*Discomfort may be alleviated by taking ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 400-600mg every 6 hours or acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed. Additional medication will be prescribed, if necessary. 

*Antibiotics may be prescribed, if necessary.  If you are requested to take an antibiotic, the medication should be taken as directed until completion, unless an allergic reaction develops. If there are signs of an allergic reaction (rash, itching, unusual swelling), stop taking the medication immediately and call Dr. Cohen.  If the reaction is severe (difficulty breathing) go the nearest Emergency Room.

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.

*If you have a temporary filling placed by us, to avoid a fracture of the tooth a restoration should be placed by your general dentist.  A crown may be required.  It is okay to wait for a few weeks to let the tenderness diminish before proceeding.  Schedule an appointment with your dentist in a month or so (or per your Dentist’s recommendation).  In most cases it is NOT URGENT to have a crown placed immediately. 

*During root canal treatment, the nerve, blood supply, and decayed tooth structure are removed. This results in the tooth becoming more prone to fracture.  Be gently with tooth while eating until the final restoration is placed.  Stay away from foods that may break the temporary filling or the tooth (popcorn kernels, carrots, chips, all hard & sticky foods).  Avoid sticky foods (gum, taffy caramel, etc.).

If you have any questions, please call our office at West Seattle Endodontics Phone Number 206-937-1010