Endodontists in
San Francisco

Our Location
490 Post St. Suite 1516
San Francisco, CA 94102

Tel. (415) 398-4964
Fax. (415) 398-0147








Patient Instructions

Before Endodontic Treatment

  • Please eat a regular meal.
  • Please take your medications as regularly prescribed.
  • Please feel free to contact our office with any questions you may have about your insurance and/or financial arrangements.
  • If your referring dentist has sent a referral slip and/or x-ray, please bring it to your appointment.
  • Please bring a list of your current prescription and over-the-counter medications as that information will be needed on your health history form.

IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

After Endodontic Treatment

Endodontic treatment has now been completed. The root canal system has been sealed. However, if a permanent restoration to close the tooth has not been placed in our office at the request of your general dentist, the outer surface is sealed with a temporary restoration only. A final restoration with a build-up or deep filling including a possible post may need to be placed by your general dentist. Back teeth usually require a crown to protect the tooth from fracture. Some front teeth do as well. Therefore, it is possible that you will need two more procedures to finalize treatment on this tooth. These procedures each have a separate fee, which is not included in our endodontic fee. Please schedule an appointment with your general dentist for such further treatment. A complete report will be sent to your general dentist.

Part of your treatment may be a follow-up examination to evaluate the progress of healing. This appointment will require only a few minutes and no additional fee will be charged for the check-up visit. Your follow-up appointment will typically be scheduled between 6 and 12 months following your root canal.

It is normal for your tooth to feel sensitive for the first few days after treatment, especially if there was pain or infection prior to treatment. This discomfort may be alleviated by taking ibuprofen, aspirin, or acetaminophen as directed. Should you experience discomfort or severe pain that cannot be controlled with the above medications; or should swelling develop, please contact our office. The office number is answered day and night. If you need to call after hours, please have your pharmacy number available.

It is possible that your tooth may feel slightly different from your other teeth for even a couple weeks after your treatment. However, if you have severe pain or pressure or pain that lasts more than a few days, call our office.


Guidance for Post-Treatment Care

  • Do not eat solid foods until the numbness has worn off. This will prevent you from biting your cheek or tongue. Avoid hot liquids while you are numb so as not to potentially burn yourself.
  • If you have a temporary filling, do not chew or bite on the tooth until your dentist has restored it with the definitive restoration.
  • Brush and floss your teeth as you normally would, unless instructed otherwise.
  • If you have a temporary filling, it is not unusual for a bit of it to wear or break away between appointments. If you feel that the entire filling has come out, please contact us.
  • Please contact us if you experience any severe pain or swelling.