You may experience some discomfort after your treatment.  The tooth and its surrounding tissues may have been irritated by the inflammation that was present in the pulp (nerve).  The manipulation of the tooth and its supporting tissues during treatment may also cause irritation.

It is often impossible to judge whether infection is present and if so, to what extent.  If you have been instructed to start an antibiotic, please do so at once and finish the entire prescription.  If you have not been instructed to start an antibiotic and swelling does occur, you should begin taking an antibiotic as soon as possible.

When swelling is present, it takes about 72 hours for the antibiotics to take effect.  The swelling may not begin to subside for up to 72 hours.  Swelling may be reduced by placing cold (ice) packs to the outer surface of the face.  Keep cold pack in place 10 minutes later. 

If you do not have swelling, rinsing your mouth frequently with warm salt water will help speed the healing process.  Use ½ teaspoon of ordinary table salt to one glass of warm water.  Repeat rinsing several times each hour while tooth is uncomfortable.

Aspirin or aspirin substitutes are usually helpful in controlling discomfort.  If not, fill the pain prescription that you received at the office.  If pain is not relieved after medication or seems to increase rather than decrease, please call the office for further instructions.

Try to avoid using the tooth in chewing until after the tooth has been restored with a full coverage crown.  Although the root(s) of your tooth are permanently sealed, the outer surface is only filled with a temporary filling material.  The permanent crown will give the tooth more protection and strength, as well as prevent leakage.