After Endodontic Treatment
Endodontic treatment has now been completed. The root canal system has been permanently sealed. However, the outer surface is sealed with a temporary restoration. A follow-up restoration must be placed to protect your tooth against fracture and decay. Please telephone your restorative dentist for an appointment. A complete report of treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. Included in your treatment is 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 first check-up visit. Please call for an appointment within three weeks of completing treatment.
Your tooth is more prone to fracture immediately after endodontic treatment. You should chew on the other side until your restorative dentist has placed a core build-up and a protective restoration, usually a crown. If your tooth’s strength is seriously compromised, your endodontist or restorative dentist may place a post and core build-up inside the tooth. Your restorative dentist and endodontist will determine the appropriate restoration to best protect your tooth.
Home care instructions
Following Endodontic Treatment, your tooth and the surrounding gum tissue may be slightly tender for several days as a result of manipulation during treatment, and due to the previous condition of your tooth. This tenderness is normal and is not a cause for alarm.
- Do not chew food on the affected side until your tooth is covered with a protective restoration provided by your restorative dentist.
- You may brush your teeth as usual but try to avoid flossing around that tooth as the temporary filling may dislodge. If at any point the filling feels as it may have dislodged, please contact the office immediately to avoid contamination.
- Discomfort may be alleviated by taking ibuprofen (Advil), or acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed. If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, please consult with your doctor prior to taking any medications. NOTE: Alcohol intake is not advised while taking any of these medications.
- Should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled with the above listed medications, or should swelling develop, please contact this office immediately.