Dr. Jeffrey Javelet and Dr. Erik Stalder will provide you with detailed instructions before and after your endodontic procedure. This will help you prepare for your appointment and recover following treatment. If you have any questions or if you want to schedule a consultation with one of our endodontists in La Jolla, California, please call La Jolla Village Endodontics today at (858) 454-0366.

Pre-Treatment Instructions

Your endodontic treatment will be performed using local anesthetic. As such, there are no restrictions on driving or returning to work. You may continue to take all medications for blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid problems and other conditions as recommended. If you have questions or concerns, please contact our office.

If you have been advised to use antibiotic premedication due to a pre-existing medical condition or if you have a history of heart disease, please make sure that you have taken the appropriate antibiotic the day of your appointment.

You may also take ibuprofen or naproxen pain relievers pre-operatively to help reduce inflammation and get ahead of any discomfort.

Our office also offers oral conscious sedation and IV sedation options to enhance your comfort. If you elect to receive sedation dentistry to manage your comfort levels while at our office, you will need to have someone with you to drive you to and from your appointment.

Post-Op Care

You may find that your tooth and surrounding gum tissue are tender for several days following your procedure. This is normal. We recommend that you:

  • Do not eat for at least two hours or until any anesthesia has worn off
  • Avoid hard and chewy foods until discomfort subsides
  • Do not chew food on the affected side of the mouth until your treatment is entirely completed and the tooth has been covered with a protective restoration — your tooth will be more prone to fracture during this period of time
  • Continue your regular dental hygiene regimen
  • Use mild pain relievers (ibuprofen, aspirin, acetaminophen, etc.) as needed.
  • Do not drink alcohol while using painkillers or other medications

If you have any questions or experience pain, swelling and discomfort that cannot be managed with mild pain relievers, please contact our office at (858) 454-0366. If you call after-hours you will be directed to contact the covering doctor on their cell phone. We will always attempt to return your call as soon as possible.