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Melanie W. Burns, D.M.D., M.P.H.

Atlanta Center for Endodontics, P.C.

Common Questions

Will the treatment be painful?

Toothache pain is the main reason that people seek endodontic therapy. Fortunately, modern anesthetics can make the procedure pain free in most cases.  Seeking treatment early makes the procedure more comfortable, so don't wait.  When caught early, treatment should feel no different than having a regular filling.


Will I be in pain following the procedure?

You can expect for the area to be sore and tender, especially to biting pressure, for a few days following treatment.  Often times, an anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen, taken consitently for three to four days is enough to control the discomfort.  If a severe infection was present at the time of treatment, it may take a little longer for the symptoms to subside. An antibiotic and stronger pain medication may be prescribed for you under such circumstances.


In the unlikely event that your pain becomes worse, or if you experience rapidly progressive swelling and lethargy, please contact the office immediately.

Can I chew on my tooth?

Avoid chewing on the tooth for the first few days after your appointment because this will cause discomfort.  Once the area feels better, avoid chewing hard foods on the tooth until your dentist has place the permanent restoration.  Until the permanent restoration is placed, the tooth is at risk to fracture or decay, and may subsequently require extraction.  You should have the permanent restoration placed within two to four weeks following completion of endodontic therapy to avoid these risks.

Can I resume my normal activities following treatment?

It is possible to return to your normal routine immediately following treatment. Maintaining a regimen of anti-inflammatory medication after your treatment will help with any discomfort.  If your pain and infection was severe, you may be prescribed a stronger pain medication.  It is important that you do not drive or operate machinery while taking these medications.


Brush and floss your teeth like you normally would, even though the area will be tender for a few days.

Will I need to return to your office for follow-ups after the procedure is finished?

We would like to assess the healing of your tooth six to twelve months after the procedure was finished. Our office will send a reminder notice to you when you are due for a recall appointment.

Where can I obtain more information?

Please visit the website of the American Association of Endodontists at to learn more about the importance of saving teeth and endodontic therapy.