Following the endodontic treatment:
It is perfectly normal for the endodontically treated tooth being more sensitive to bitting or touching in the area of the root tip; in some cases, the patient could even experience spontaneous pain.
The pain can last from several days to one week, decreasing with the each day passing. During that time, we can usually alleviate the pain with analgesics. However, it is also possible a smaller swelling or fistula might develop, sometimes together with an increased body temperature.
In case if:
- the pain does not disappear after a week following the treatment or is increasingly intensive and cannot be alleviated with analgesics,
- you swelled to the point of having difficulties opening your mouth, swallowing or even breathing,
- your body temperature is above t 38°C;
contact the dentist and he will decide whether or not re-appointment in our clinic might be necessary.
For the time of the endodontic treatment, you should:
- avoid bitting on the tooth undergoing treatment and eat soft food,
- gently brush the treated tooth with a toothbrush; we advise using dental floss or interdental brushes very carefully for the period of treatment around the tooth being endodonticaly treated.
Endodontically treated tooth is for the duration of the treatment sealed with a temporary filling that can wear down while bitting. In case the filling falls out, you should contact the dentist immediately.
Following the oral-surgery procedure
(tooth extraction, impacted tooth removal, apicoectomy, hemisection, flap operation, clinical crown lengthening procedure):
- The gauze, put on the wound by the doctor, should be held in place for a period of one hour – in that time, eating, drinking, speaking or in any other ways moving the jaws is strongly unadvisable.
- After one hour, spit out the gauze and cool the area at the wound internally (with some ice cream or an ice cube) and externally (put a cold compress on the cheek in the area of the wound – a bag of ice or a frozen steak wrapped into a kitchen rag will do fine) until you begin to feel stiffening and tingling – at that point, you should remove the compress and resume after 30 minutes. This way, cool the area of the wound alternately for 24 hours.
- The swelling is at its largest the third day following the surgery. In case the swelling keeps swelling up, you have a body temperature of at least 380C, experience difficulties swallowing or opening your mouth, contact your dentist.
- Eat soft food that is not too hot.
- You should wash your teeth, but do so with care – do not poke into the wound and brush the area around gently, especially if you had been stitched so not to damage the stitches.
- You should not smoke or consume alcohol for a period of three days following the treatment.
- The wound always hurts moderately. You can take analgesics to alleviate the pain, but not the Aspirin or any medicament including acetylsalicylic acid (take Lekadol, Nalgesin, Naprosyn, combined powders – the chemist knows what sort of analgesic is needed to treat toothache).
- You should not do any heavy physical labour for a day following the treatment.
- In case the wound was stitched, you should absolutely visit the clinic one week after the treatment.
Following the antro-oral communication
(establishing of communication between the maxillary sinus and oral cavity):
- Consistently follow the instructions in place FOLLOWING THE ORAL SURGERY
- For 2-3 weeks after the treatment, you should avoid:
- blowing your nose
- coughing and sneezing with your mouth closed
- drinking liquids through a straw
- lifting heavier burdens and doing heavy physical labour
- If the dentist prescribed antibiotics, you should consume it as per instructions (at the prescribed dose and time) until you consume the whole amount of tablets or capsules.