It is likely that your tooth and jaw will be sore for a few days to as much as a week. This is due to the prior condition of the tooth and the procedures done at today's visit. This is a normal situation.

Ideally, tissues heal more quickly when they are not being used. This is almost impossible in the mouth. Every time you bite or chew or close your mouth while you are asleep, it can become irritated again. Avoid chewing on the treated side, if possible, to speed recovery.

Take 3 to 4 Advil, Motrin, ibuprofen or 1 to 2 Aleve (these amounts are equal to the prescription amounts) or two extra strength Aspirin or Tylenol or equivalent every 3-4 hours to keep this post-treatment inflammation under control. Even if you are taking an antibiotic (Penicillin, Erythromycin or others), continue pain medication until the tooth and surrounding areas are comfortable.

You might find that warm water mouth soaks will alleviate the soreness. Use one teaspoon of table salt in a glass of warm water and hold a mouthful near the tooth for one-half minute. Repeat until glass is finished. This might be used once an hour.

Sometimes, if the pressure persists, and is not relieved by the methods above, we can adjust the biting contact on the temporary filling and reduce the tenderness. Should you experience swelling or have a problem greater than the pain medication can control, please call us.

We expect to be able to complete treatment on the next visit. Unless special arrangements have been made, payment must also be completed by that visit. If you have any questions or problems concerning your treatment, please call.