Before Endodontic Treatment

What Happens Before Your Endodontic Treatment?

First and foremost, we administer local anesthesia for your procedure. In most cases, you won’t have any restrictions when the procedure is complete. You will typically be able to drive yourself home and return to work with no issues. If a problem does occur after treatment, contact our endodontist for answers to your questions and concerns.

You will be able to continue taking all medications for diabetes, blood pressure, thyroid problems or other conditions unless instructed otherwise. If you’re unsure, contact our office before your appointment.

Unless we instruct you differently, always eat a full breakfast or lunch prior to your appointment. For instance, those who will undergo conscious sedation may be asked to eat less.

If we’ve recommended taking an antibiotic premedication due to a cardiac, knee, hip or other prosthesis, heart murmur or mitral valve prolapse (MVP), or you suffer from rheumatic heart disease, be sure you are taking the correct antibiotic on the day of your appointment. If you have any questions, please contact us.

For those who have received medical clearance to take naproxen sodium or ibuprofen, you can experience reduced inflammation when you take it before your operation. We recommend 2 tablets of either medication 2-4 hours before endodontic therapy.

Recommendations

We recommend using a preventive antibiotic before these dental procedures, especially for patients with the following conditions:

  • Cardiac transplants with heart valve issues
  • Prior infective endocarditis
  • Artificial heart valves
  • Certain congenital heart defects, such as:
    • Heart defects repaired by a prosthetic device or material, which may be placed via surgery or catheter, especially during the first six months following the procedure.
    • Unrepaired or partially repaired cyanotic heart diseases, such as those using palliative shunts or conduits.
    • A repaired heart defect that has a residual defect either adjacent to or at the site of a prosthetic device or patch.

IMPORTANT: If you suffer from a cardiac condition, it’s important to talk to your cardiologist to see what they recommend for dental work preparation.

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