Instructions Following Endodontic Surgery
To control swelling, use an ice bag over the surgical area. Alternate keeping the ice bag on the site for 15 minutes, then off for 15 minutes. Keep alternating with the ice bag for the first 6 –8 hours after surgery.
Do not raise your lip to examine the surgical site for at least 24 hours.
Brush normally, but avoid the surgical area for two days.
Maintain a soft nutritious diet. Avoid eating on the surgical area for two days. Be sure to drink large amounts of liquids.
Starting the day after the surgery, use Listerine (full strength) twice per day for at least two days after having the sutures removed. On the same day, begin rinsing with warm salt water (1 teaspoon of salt dissolved into a glass of warm water) every 3-4 hours until the sutures are removed.
The following are expected and should cause no concern:
- Slight oozing of blood for 24-36 hours.
- Swelling within 24 hours, and may come and go over the course of a few days.
- Mild discomfort.
- Discoloration or bruising of the skin.
Do not participate in athletic activity for the first day.
Keep your post-op appointment to have the sutures removed.
Should any difficulties or questions arise, please do not hesitate to call the office at any time at 215-735-1131.