Patient Care Instructions

Before Treatment | After Treatment

Necessary Information for Before Endodontic Treatment

Endodontic treatment procedures are generally performed using local anesthesia. Restrictions after the procedure concerning driving or returning to work are uncommon. Our doctors are also available for consultation at all times if any problems or issues arise after your treatment.

Please continue taking all medications for blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid problems and any other conditions that have been recommended by your family physician. If you have any questions, please contact our Cherry Hill or Sewell office prior to your appointment time.

Additional Helpful Info for Before Your Appointment

Prior to your appointment, South Jersey Endodontics, PA, asks that you please eat a full, well-balanced meal before checking in. If you have been advised by your family doctor or dentist to use antibiotic premedication because of mitral valve prolapse (MVP), heart murmur, hip, knee, cardiac or other prosthesis, or if you have rheumatic heart disease, please make sure you are on the correct antibiotic when you come to our facility for your procedure.

Necessary Information for After Endodontic Treatment

After endodontic treatment, teeth and surrounding gum tissue may be tender for several days. This tenderness is to be expected and you will need to plan accordingly. It is recommended that you do not chew food on the affected side until your endodontic therapy is completed (including having your tooth covered with a protective restoration by your dentist). Discomfort is generally mild and may be alleviated by taking aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen as directed.

Alcohol consumption is not recommended while taking any of the above medications. Should you experience any level of discomfort that cannot be controlled by using the above listed medications, or should swelling develop, please contact your nearest office immediately.

After surgical treatment, please follow the instructions you have been provided.

Follow-Up Information for After Endodontic Treatment

A follow-up restoration must be placed to protect your tooth once endodontic treatment has been completed. Please call your regular dentist to schedule an appointment to have the permanent restoration placed. A complete report of your treatment will be provided to your dentist for his records.

Teeth are commonly more prone to fracture immediately after endodontic treatment. It is recommended that you chew on the other side until your restorative dentist has placed a more permanent, protective restoration. If the strength of your tooth has been seriously compromised, your restorative dentist may also place a post and core build-up inside the tooth. Between your restorative dentist and our endodontists, we will determine the most appropriate plan of action to best protect your tooth.

Do you have any more questions? Feel free to get in touch with us. The team at South Jersey Endodontics, PA is glad to serve the community of Cherry Hill.