Endodontic Treatment

Endodontic Treatment Homecare Instructions

After endodontic procedures, the root canal system has been permanently sealed. However, the outer surface is sealed with a temporary restoration—a follow-up restoration must be placed to protect your tooth against fracture and decay.

Until your final endodontic treatment procedure, we recommend that you:

  • Avoid alcohol while taking medications.
  • Take Ibuprofin or Tylenol to help control pain.
  • Avoid chewing food on the affected side of your mouth.
  • Schedule a follow-up appointment within one month of your initial endodontic retreatment.

We will send a complete treatment report to your restorative dentist, who will evaluate your healing progress—this no-charge appointment will only take a few minutes.

Here are some additional home endodontic care instructions that can improve your recovery:


Pain after endodontic treatment, as well as tenderness, is completely normal. Your tooth and surrounding gum tissue may be slightly tender for several days as a result of manipulation during your treatment and the condition of your tooth.

To alleviate any tenderness or pain, we recommend that you take Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil), Tylenol or aspirin as directed. Alcohol intake is not advised. If your discomfort cannot be controlled with over-the-counter medications or if swelling develops, please contact our office immediately.


Following endodontics procedures, we recommend that you do not chew food on the affected side of your mouth—until your endodontic therapy is completed and your tooth is covered with a protective restoration provided by your restorative dentist.

Oral hygiene

On the day of your endodontic treatment it is safe to continue your regular hygiene regimen—be gentle when you brush and rinse your teeth. Good dental hygiene is essential to the endodontic retreatment healing process.

Questions about endodontics procedures?

If you have any other questions or concerns about your endodontics treatment, or if you are experiencing extreme tenderness, please call Now Care Dental’s Eagan, MN office at (651) 686-6800—answering services are available 24/7. Clinic hours are 10am to 8pm, seven days a week.

Call (651) 686-6800 to schedule an appointment or complete our appointment request form.