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 contact your general dentist for an appointment. A complete report of treatment will be sent by our office to your general dentist.
Your tooth and surrounding gum tissue may be slightly tender for several days as a result of manipulation during treatment and the previous condition of your tooth. This tenderness is normal and is no cause for alarm. Do not chew food on the affected side until your endodontic therapy is completed and your tooth is covered with a protective restoration provided by your general dentist. You may continue your regular dental hygiene regimen. Discomfort may be alleviated by taking ibuprofen (Advil), aspirin, or acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed. Additional medications may be prescribed by your endodontist.
NOTE: Should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled with the above listed medications, or should swelling develop, please contact our office immediately.
Your tooth is more prone to fracture immediately after endodontic treatment until your general dentist has placed a core build-up and a protective restoration – usually a crown. If your tooth’s strength is significantly compromised, then your endodontist or restorative dentist may place a post and core build-up inside the tooth. Your restorative dentist will determine the appropriate restoration to best protect your tooth.
Are There Any Potential Problems After Treatment?
- Post-operative infections. Post-operative infections occasionally occur. This usually requires just an office visit and examination. Many times placing you on an antibiotic for one week will take care of the infection Occasionally, other follow-up procedures will be needed.
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