Dr. Martin J. Rogers, DDS | Dr. Matthew C. Davis, DDS
Dr. Timothy J. Rogers, DDS, MS | Dr. Paulina Erdle, DMD
(847) 729-8400 | Fax (847) 729-8408
1775 Glenview Road #217, Glenview, IL 60025


Post-Operative Pain Management

As with any medical or dental procedure, it is normal to have discomfort following endodontic treatment.  This occurs because the tissues and bone around the tooth and roots become inflamed, which is part of the healing process.  Most commonly there will be tenderness to biting pressure or a general soreness in the area.  Pain following endodontic treatment usually diminishes within 2-3 days and should subside by one week.

Following your treatment you will have access to us though our answering service by calling 847-729-8400.  We invite you to contact us if you encounter significant pain or swelling, or for any other questions or concerns you may have.

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Pain Medications (Analgesics)

Recent studies on pain control are indicating that taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®) together with acetaminophen (Tylenol®) has more significant post-operative pain relief than taking either drug alone.  Also, the ibuprofen and acetaminophen combination has significantly more pain relief than narcotic medications such as codeine, hydrocodone (Vicodin®, Norco®, Lortab®), and oxycodone (Percocet®, Percodan®).

For mild discomfort following endodontic treatment, 400-600mg of ibuprofen (2 or 3 Advil®, Motrin®) is usually adequate (or if you are unable to take ibuprofen, 500-1000mg of acetaminophen (1 or 2 Extra Strength Tylenol®).  If you are experiencing moderate to severe pain, we suggested you take 600mg of ibuprofen and 1000mg of acetaminophen at the same time.  If this does not give you adequate pain relief, please contact us for advice.
Maximum daily doses for these over-the-counter medications (OTC):

Drug Generic Name

Max Daily Dose

Brand Name



Motrin®, Advil®, Nuprin®



Tylenol®, Excedrin®

 Naproxen Sodium


Aleve®, Anaprox®, Pamprin®, Midol® extended relief

 Aspirin (Acetylsalicylic Acid)


Bayer®, Bufferin®, Ecotrin®, Anacin®


It is important to note that many over the counter cold relief medications contain some of the above medications and will impact you daily maximum dose.  Also note consumption of alcohol with acetaminophen (Tylenol, Excedrin) can be harmful due to the effect on liver. Many prescription medications can also be impacted by these over the counter medications and you should consult with your pharmacist or physician for advice prior to taking any medications