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Frequently Asked Questions

Non-Surgical Root Canal

Surgical Root Canal

Post-Op Instructions

Post-operative Instructions:


  • Warm salt water rinses; a tablespoon of salt in a cup of warm water, swish, and spit four times the day of treatment and the following day.

  • Cold packs to area and the joint area on both sides, 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off the rest of the day following treatment.

  • "Baby" the area for 3 days, chew on other side when possible.

  • Take ibuprofen or naproxen sodium as directed and take prescribed narcotic at night or when you will not be driving or will be able to sleep.

  • Continue to take any antibiotics as prescribed until they are all taken.

  • Return to your regular dentist in 2 to 4 weeks for definitive restoration.

  • Call Dr. Hagel-Bradway with questions or concerns.

Next steps following root canal treatment:

Endodontic treatment has now been completed and the root canal system has been definitively sealed. However, the outer or biting surface is sealed with a temporary restoration. A definitive restoration (crown) must be placed to protect your tooth against fracture and decay. Please confirm your restorative dental appointment with your general dentist. Included in your treatment is a follow-up examination to evaluate the progress of healing in six months to a year. This appointment will require only a few minutes and no additional fee will be charged for the first check-up visit. Please call for an appointment once you receive your reminder in the mail.


If you experience any symptoms or "strange feeling" that you did not anticipate, contact our office. Please note that we expect soreness to last up to a week. Usually a brief phone call can assist in resolution; at times we will need to see you to make adjustments.

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