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Contemporary Endodontics of Oklahoma

Edmond, OK

Dr. Victoria J. Ball
2916 Astoria Way, Suite 100
Edmond, OK 73034

General Information


Your tooth and surrounding gum tissues may be slightly tender for several days following root canal treatment. This tenderness is normal. Do not chew food on the affected side until your endoodntic treatment is complete and your tooth is covered with a permanent restoration or crown by your general dentist. If you experience discomfort, it is advised to take Ibuprofen (Advil), Aspirin, or Acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed. Alcohol intake is not advised while taking any of these medications. Should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled with the above listed medications, or should swelling develop, please call our office immediately at (405) 285-5042



It is not unusual to have discomfort for at least the first week following your surgical procedure. Pain usually peaks at 72 hours following surgery. You will be given a prescription for medication to help you tolerate the post-surgical recovery period. Please take your medication as directed. To avoid nausea, it is recommended to take your medication with food. An alternative to prescription medications is a combination of over-the-counter Ibuprofen and Tylenol. Note: When taking any prescribed medication containing Acetaminophen (Tylenol), for example - Percocet, Hydrocodone, Norco, Vicoden, or Tylenol with Codeine, you should not take additional Tylenol so as not to exceed the safety level of Acetaminophen. 


Please alert the office to any allergies or sensitivities that you might have to antibiotics. An antibiotic may be prescribed following your surgical procedure. Please take your medication as directed. To avoid nausea, it is recommended to take your medication with food. For women taking birth control pills, be advised that antibiotics may interfere with their effectiveness.  


Swelling may occur following your surgical procedure. To minimize swelling, place an ice pack over the outside cheek area for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off during the first 12 hours following the surgery. 


A small amount of bleeding is normal. If excessive or continuous bleeding occurs please try the following: 

- Do not rinse your mouth. 

- Elevate your head when lying down. 

- Apply moistened gauze to the immediate area with moderate pressure for 20 minutes. %u200B

- Enclose a moistened tea bag in a gauze square and apply pressure for 20 minutes. 

- Call our office if bleeding persists. 


Until comfortable, avoid chewing on the side of the surgery. A soft diet is recommended. Some recommended foods are cottage cheese, oatmeal, soup, eggs, yogurt, pasta, mashed potatoes, casseroles, fruits, milkshakes, and smoothies. 


Do not smoke for at least 2 weeks following your surgery. It will slow healing significantly and can compromise the outcome. 


Do not drink alcohol while taking prescription pain medications. 


You will be prescribed a mouthrinse to use following surgery. It is advised you rinse twice a day for the next week. 


Do not brush the surgical site following surgery. You may resume normal brushing/flossing in the area the following day. 


You may notice increased discomfort 3-4 days after the surgical procedure. As the tissues begin to heal, they may pull against the sutures. If you are a patient for whom antibiotic pre-medication is required, please take the prescribed antibiotics 1 hour prior to your suture removal appointment.  


Should you have any questions or concerns, please call us at (405) 285-5042