~You can expect a certain amount of soreness after today’s appointment.  This may last for a few days to as much as a week or so.   This is due mostly to the pre-existing condition of the tooth and somewhat by the procedures done for you today.  This is not an unusual situation.

~Ideally, tissues heal more quickly when they are not being used.  This is very difficult in the mouth since we must bite, chew, and swallow.  Avoid chewing on the treated side, if you can, to reduce soreness and to speed recovery.

~If there is soreness, we usually recommend an anti-inflammatory medication if a person can safely take them.  Taking 2 to 3 Ibuprofen tablets (Advil, Motrin, etc) every 4 to 6 hours can be very therapeutic and reduce post-treatment inflammation.  If you are unable to take an anti-inflammatory medication, take 2 extra-strength Aspirin or Tylenol every 4 to 6 hours until you experience relief.

~Often antibiotics are prescribed during the treatment of root canal problems.  These can be very important in the initial healing of the affected area.  Take the prescription according to the directions given and if there are any difficulties, please let this office know.  It often takes 2-3 days for a person’s system to respond to antibiotics.  DO NOT APPLY ANY HEAT to the outside of your face.

~In most cases, you can expect to have your treatment completed at your next visit.  Treating root canal problems in a timely manner can be very important to their long-term success.  If you have any additional questions or concerns about your treatment, please let us know.

Gig Harbor Endodontics


Port Orchard Endodontics


After Your First Visit


GIG HARBOR ENDODONTICS   5122 Olympic Dr. NW, Suite B-101 Gig Harbor, WA 98335 Phone: 253-851-5544

PORT ORCHARD ENDODONTICS  1730 Pottery Avenue, Suite 200 Port Orchard WA 98366 Phone: 360-443-2424


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