Apico-surgery (Root Canal Surgery) Post-Operative Instructions

  • Swelling, minor pain and / or skin discoloration may be experienced following the surgical procedure. This will be temporary.
  • In order to keep the swelling to a minimum, use an ice pack for the first few hours (on for 10 minutes and off for 5 minutes).
  • The day after the surgery use lukewarm water rinses for the treated area following each meal. This should continue for the first 3 days following the surgical procedure.
  • Eat only soft foods. Avoid hard and chewy foods.
  • Get plenty of rest and insure normal intake of food, especially liquids such as fruit juices, soup, and milk. Use a vitamin supplement if desired. Try not to sleep on the operated area for 2-3 days.
  • DO NOT raise your lips with your fingers to inspect the treated area.
  • DO NOT brush teeth near the surgical site. Brush teeth in the rest of your mouth.
  • There is often a temporary loss of feeling in the operated area and the tooth may feel loose.
  • Take medications according to the instructions.
  • Should any difficulties occur, do not hesitate to call our office anytime. In case of an extreme urgency call 911.
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