POST ROOT CANAL THERAPY INSTRUCTIONS
After the Root Canal Therapy, your tooth should function and feel like your other teeth.
The tooth may be sensitive following appointments and even remain tender for a time after treatment is completed. If sensitivity persists and does not seem to be improving, please contact the office.
Pain may be severe depending on the extent of the infection and other variables. Some swelling may also occur, this is normal. Moderate pain can be controlled by usual headache (pain killer) tablets. Severe pain may require prescription tablets. Dentist/Endodontist will most likely prescribe medication after the treatment, please follow the Dentist’s instructions.
Your gum tissue may be irritated at the site of the anesthetic injection and may be sore for a couple of days. Use warm salt water (1 teaspoon salt in 8oz water) to rinse the mouth as often as possible until the gum tissue feels better. If it does not improve, please contact the office.
A temporary paste/cement will be placed on the tooth’s cavity. This paste is to protect the tooth’s cavity and preventing saliva, food debris and bacteria to filter into the tooth. Please take care of this material, since it is NOT permanent. Try chewing your food away from the root canal area and brush the area carefully.
AFTER THE ROOT CANAL IS COMPLETED
Teeth that have received a Root Canal Therapy are weakened because of the loss of tooth substance and blood supply to the root. Once the Root Canal Treatment is complete and finished, a crown will need to be placed on the tooth. This is especially important with molar and premolar (bicuspid) teeth. It is important that you get the final restoration (crown) placed no longer than 30 days after the completion of the Root Canal.
Teeth treated with Root Canal Therapy can still decay, but since the nerve is gone, there will be no pain. As other teeth, the proper care of these teeth consists of good hygiene and home care, a sensible diet and regular exams.
Any questions or concerns, please contact us.