After your endodontic surgical procedure, you may experience some swelling or discoloration (bruising) in the area treated that is noticeable to others while the surgical incision heals. This swelling and/or bruising is normal and usually subsides within a few days post-operatively.

Any discomfort is usually mild and is best alleviated by taking 400-800mg of ibuprofen (Advil) every 6 hours for the next 2-3 days (not to exceed 3200mg/day).
If you are unable to take ibuprofen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories or aspirin, you may take 650mg of acetaminophen (Tylenol) every 4-6 hours (not to exceed 3900mg/day). Please remember that the consumption of alcohol is not recommended while taking these medications.

Immediately following your surgery, you will be asked to place an ice pack with some gentle pressure over the treated area. Alternate between having the ice pack on the area for 10-15 minutes and then having the ice pack off the area for 10-15 minutes. Continue this routine for the first 3-4 hours post-operatively.

David C. Kreutzer, D.M.D., P.C.

Practice Limited to Endodontics
11786 SW Barnes Rd., Suite 230
Portland, OR 97225
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