Treatment Instructions


This is the list of what to do and to expect prior to endodontic therapy.   If you have specific question or concern please contact our office directly.

  • Procedure will be performed under local anesthesia.
  • You may eat prior the treatment.
  • There are usually no restrictions after procedures concerning driving or returning to work.
  • Following your therapy you will be given complete post operative instructions sheet.

FOR ANXIOUS PATIENTS:  We know that many patients have a very high level of dental fear and anxiety when it comes to root canal treatment.  The goal of our office is to minimize discomfort and anxiety, allowing fearful patients to receive the care they need.  If you are interested in learning more, or would like to plan for more relaxing medications, please contact our office.  We are also able to provide your root canal treatment while you are asleep with sedation.  In order to utilize these techniques, a pre-operative visit must be arranged prior to your treatment appointment.


  1. After the root canal treatment is completed the tooth may remain a little sensitive. You should avoid chewing on it.  Mild medications for discomfort (Aspirin, Tylenol, Ibuprofen) should be sufficient.
  2. You must return to your family dentist to have the final filling placed in the tooth. If the temporary filling falls out, it must be replaced immediately or the tooth may become infected.
  3. To evaluate the success of the treatment a check-up X-ray of the tooth should be taken in one year’s time. Your family dentist should take a film at your annual recall visit. If a problem is observed, the X-ray can be e-mailed to our office for review.
  4. In case of emergency outside of regular office hours, please call the office at 613-729-5700 for instructions on how to reach the doctor on call.


  1. Go directly home and rest for the remainder of the day.
  2. Apply an ice pack on the face for the remainder of today (15-minutes on – 15 minutes off). There will be some swelling starting tonight which should start to resolve in 3-5days.
  3. Do not lift your lip to look at the stitches, as this may tear them and retard healing. The stitches should start to fall out in a few days.
  4. Take medication as prescribed.
  5. Eat soft foods for 1-2 days. Avoid hot liquids for 1-2 days.  Avoid smoking and drinking with the straw, as this retards healing.
  6. Starting tomorrow, after each meal rinse with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon salt per glass of water). Brush everywhere except the surgical area for the first two days.  It is very important to keep the area clean.
  7. A few drops of blood may exude from the suture line and is not significant. Excessive bleeding should be reported immediately.
  8. In case of emergency outside of regular office hours, please call the office at 613-729-5700 for instructions on how to reach the doctor on call.
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