Post Treatment Instructions

Instructions following Root Canal Treatment

Thank you for selecting us for your root canal therapy. We sincerely hope your endodontic care has been pleasant and conscientious.

Please follow the guidelines below and contact our office if you have any questions. Note: For instructions following surgery, you will receive customized instructions in the office.

1. You will be numb after your treatment. While you are numb, please do not eat or chew. You may bite your cheek or tongue. Also, please do not drink hot liquids. You may burn your cheek or tongue.
2. It is normal to feel some discomfort for 2-3 days after your procedure. The jaw may also be sore from keeping it open for an extended period of time.
3. Discomfort may be treated with Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), Naproxen Sodium (Aleve) or Acetaminophen (Tylenol). If prescriptions are given, please fill them as soon as possible and follow the instructions as directed.
4. Please take Ibuprofen, Naproxen Sodium or Acetaminophen (Advil, Aleve or Tylenol) immediately upon the conclusion of the procedure. This will give the pain medication time to start working before the anesthesia wears off.  It is highly recommended to proactively continue taking the pain medication for the next 2-3 days to maintain comfort.
5. It is extremely important you do NOT chew food on the treated tooth until your root canal procedure is completed and your personal dentist restores your tooth. Your treated tooth may fracture or have discomfort as a result of premature chewing.
6. Please continue your dental hygiene regimen of brushing and flossing unless other instructions are provided by the office. Do not floss adjacent to the treated tooth if it is covered with a temporary crown.
7. If your root canal procedure has been completed, a crown or permanent restoration MUST be placed in order to protect your tooth against fractures and decay. Please contact your restorative dentist for an appointment. A report of your treatment will be forwarded to him/her.
8. Should you experience discomfort that cannot be managed with the medication recommended or prescribed by the doctor, or you develop swelling, please contact the office immediately.


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I absolutely loved the staff and Dr. Hsu, he was very informative through my whole procedure and he took the time to walk me through before, during and after the Root canal. I was very scared since this was my 2nd root canal and the 1st one was HORRIBLE experience. I definitely will be recommending him everywhere I go. The office is clean, small and very welcoming. The classical music that plays made me very calm and prepared. I also noticed he only schedules 1 patient at a time, at least when I arrived someone left and when I finished someone arrived. This made it a lot better for me since all the attention was to me. Just perfect!


Even a retired dentist needs a root canal on occasion. This happened to be my first experience as an endodontic patient. The treatment was a complex upper molar with 4 canals. I was in pain when I arrived at Dr. Hsu's office. I was treated very professionally and I found the office to be extremely up to date and very welcoming. The root canal was done in 2 appointments, which was best treatment for an infected tooth. Both appointments, Dr. Hsu displayed great skill and caring. My pain diminished considerably and by the second appointment, I had no pain that night. I know how much goes into a procedure like that and the x-ray was something I appreciated more than the average patient. The experience at the office was very reassuring and positive.

Anthony L.-yelp

My first root canal. At 65. Yuk. My wonderful dentist referred me to Dr. Hsu. The experience was as good as it can get. Dr. Hsu went above and beyond in explaining every single detail and never for a moment hurried me. It was painless. I was confident that Dr. Hsu was thorough. His office staff were professional and helpful. The office itself is spotlessly clean and the procedure room has a floor to ceiling window with a beautiful view. All of these things matter to me.
I was in his office four times and each time I heard the patient before me praising and thanking Dr. Hsu, profusely. It wasn't long before I was one of them. I don't have insurance and I didn't check to see if his prices are competitive. It doesn't matter. Should I require additional work, I will happily return to Dr. Hsu.

Chili T.-yelp

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