After Initial Treatment

Your tooth and its surrounding tissues may be somewhat tender for several days as a result of manipulation during treatment and due to the previous condition of your tooth. This is a perfectly normal reaction.

For a few days, you may experience mild to moderate discomfort when eating. Avoid chewing on the treated tooth until the soreness is gone. Discomfort may be alleviated by taking 2 tablets of ibuprofen (Advil), aspirin, or acetaminophen (Tylenol) every four to six hours (not to exceed 3200mg of ibuprofen or 4000mg of Tylenol in a 24-hour time period). Rinsing with warm salt water 3 - 4 times per day within the next 48 hours will also aid in relieving discomfort. One-half teaspoon of salt to an 8oz glass of warm water is the right combination. Should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled with the above listed medications or develop swelling, please contact our office. Our phones are answered 24 hours per day.

Please have any prescriptions for medication that have been given to you filled promptly. It is important that any antibiotic prescribed for you is taken as directed and continued until all of the pills are gone. Should you experience any adverse reactions to any medication prescribed for you, please contact our office.

**If you have been prescribed antibiotics and are taking Birth Control Pills, you must use alternative methods of birth control to avoid pregnancy. Antibiotics may block the protective methods of the Birth Control Pills. Once you are no longer taking the antibiotic medication, continue the use of alternative birth control methods until your next menstrual cycle.