Pain Control

If you develop pain after RCT it is recommended to use pain relief medication. When pain is more significant it is recommended to combine the Paracetamol and the Ibuprofen. Alternating Paracetamol and Ibuprofen every 4 hours is the best way to control pain. However, to avoid confusion you can take the medication together every 8 hours. For significant pain take a single (500mg) or double dose (1000mg) of Paracetamol (Panadol). Together with it, take a single or double dose of Ibuprofen 200 or 400mg (Nurofen). So in summary you can take 2 tablets of paracetamol (1000mg) and 2 tablets of Ibuprofen (400mg) every 8 hrs for three days only. If pain persists please contact us.

At night time you can replace the Paracetamol and use Paracetamol/Codeine tablets like Panadeine Forte. In cases of extreme pain a higher dose of Ibuprofen is necessary for it to relieve the pain. In some cases you need to take 600mg or even 800mg.

IMPORTANT: Low doses of IBUPROFEN are not as efficient for severe pain, so it is important that you take 600mg or 800mg. Make sure you do not exceed 3200mg of IBUPROFEN and 4000mg of Paracetamol in a 24hr period. Always consult your GP if you are not sure you can take a certain medication. THIS HIGH-DOSE MEDICATION PROTOCOL IS TO BE USED FOR 3 DAYS ONLY. If severe symptoms persist please consult us.

Infection Management

In cases of severe infection it is possible you develop systemic compromise. In most cases your own immune system will fight it and you probably will only require pain managing medication.

When there is a systemic compromise and temperature develops then you will need to take antibiotics.

When treating an infected tooth IT IS NOT UNCOMMON to develop welling within the first week or two after the RCT procedure.


If you have questions for our team at JCV endodontics, please don’t hesitate to contact us.