After Root-end MicroSurgery

On the first day…

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  • Avoid strenuous activities or any unnecessary lifting for 24 hours. Take it easy. Should you decide to lay down, protect your pillow case from any oozing with an old towel.

  • Fill any prescriptions on your way home and take them as directed.

  • Apply an ice bag to the face over the surgical site, alternating every ten to twenty minutes Continue this for six hours. This will minimize swelling and discoloration.¬†Do not use ice after the first day.

  • Eat soft foods for the first 24 hours after surgery. The idea is to avoid food that could possibly disrupt the healing soft tissue near the surgical site.

  • Avoid alcohol, carbonated beverages, acidic beverages, and smoking.

  • You should brush your teeth in the treated area, but be careful not to disrupt the surgical site for at least 24 hours. Avoid toothpaste near the surgical site for 24 hours.¬†Do not aggressively rinse your mouth or us a water irrigation (water pik) device after surgery.

For more information about After Root-End Microsurgery or to schedule a consult with Dr. Horalek, please use our Appointment Request form or call our endodontic office in Raleigh, NC at North Raleigh Endodontics Office Phone Number 919-256-3996.


If you experience significant bleeding apply direct pressure. This should be enough, however if the bleeding is persistent, place a moistened Lipton tea bag on the affected area. Do not cut open the tea bag. Rest with your head elevated for 20 minutes with slight to moderate pressure over the area. Remove the tea bag and confirm that the bleeding has stopped. If it has not, repeat with a new tea bag.

If the bleeding persists, call the office or the doctor’s emergency number¬†immediately: North Raleigh Endodontics Office Phone Number 919-256-3996.

On the second day and beyond. . .

  • Gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water (half a teaspoon in a large glass of warm water) after meals. Although severe pain seldom occurs, some discomfort will usually take place. Use the anti-inflammatory medication as directed.

  • There may be some swelling after surgery, which will usually be noticed for the first 24–72 hours after surgery. The treated tooth may feel loose for a brief time.

  • Return to our office for suture removal as directed.

If you experience discomfort not controlled by your prescription, or any signs of infection or swelling, please contact the office at North Raleigh Endodontics Office Phone Number 919-256-3996.