Dental Specialists of
South Loop & North Shore

Two Convenient Locations

Before Endodontic Treatment

This procedure will be performed using local anesthesia. There are usually no restrictions after the procedure concerning driving or returning to work. A doctor is available for consultation at all times should a problem arise after your treatment.

Continue all medications for blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid problems and any other conditions as recommended by your physician. If there is a question, please call our office prior to your appointment.

Please eat a full breakfast or lunch as applicable, unless directed otherwise (i.e. patients scheduled for conscious IV sedation).

If you have been advised by your physician or dentist to use antibiotic premedication because of mitral valve prolapse (MVP), heart murmur, hip, knee, cardiac or other prosthesis, or if you have rheumatic heart disease, please make sure you are on the appropriate antibiotic on the day of your appointment. If there is a question, please call our office prior to your appointment.

If you are medically cleared to take ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin) or naproxen sodium (Aleve), it does help reduce inflammation when taken pre-operatively. We recommend 2 tablets of either medication 2-4 hours before endodontic therapy.

The current recommendations cite that use of preventive antibiotics before certain dental procedures might be useful for patients with:

  • Artificial heart valves
  • A history of infective endocarditis
  • A cardiac transplant that develops a heart valve problem
  • The following congenital (present from birth) heart conditions*
    • Unrepaired or incompletely repaired cyanotic congenital heart disease, including those with palliative shunts and conduits
    • A completely repaired congenital heart defect with prosthetic material or device, whether placed by surgery or by catheter intervention, during the first six months after the procedure
    • Any repaired congenital heart defect with residual defect at the site or adjacent to the site of a prosthetic patch or a prosthetic device

* Patients should check with their cardiologist if there is any question as to whether they fall into one of these categories.

If you have any questions, please call our office at Chicago Office 312-356-4700 and North Shore/Glenview 847-729-5855

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South Loop Dental Specialists

850 South Wabash, Suite 240
Chicago, IL 60605

312-356-4700

Dental Specialists of North Shore

2420 Ravine Way, Suite 400
Glenview, IL 60025

847-729-5855