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After Endodontic Treatment

 CongratulationsBy saving your tooth with root canal treatment, you have made a significant step towards your better oral health.

The root canal system has been thoroughly cleaned, and the irritated tissue and bacteria that have caused you to need Endodontic treatment have been eliminated.  The tooth has been carefully sealed and the supporting tissue that may have been injured, due to the infected tooth, may now begin healing. It is normal to feel some tenderness in the area over the next two weeks as your body under goes the natural healing process.

 Guidelines for Post-Treatment Care

 Avoid eating or chewing on the treated tooth until you have had the treated tooth permanently restored by your general dentist

 Refrain from eating for at least 2 hours or until the anesthesia in your mouth has worn off to prevent possible injury to your lips, cheeks and tongue.  This time interval will also allow the temporary filling to set to a reasonable hardness.

 A temporary filling material has been placed in the opening of your tooth and it is not unusual for a thin layer to wear off in-between appointments.  However, if you think the entire filling has come out, contact our office immediately.

 Continue to practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing as you would normally.

 Contact our office right away if you develop any of the following:

1. A reaction to the prescribed medication, including rash, hives, or itching (Nausea is not an allergic reaction.

2. Increasing tenderness or swelling in the area surrounding the tooth

3. The tooth fractures

4. Your bite feels uneven

It is very important that you contact your family dentist within two weeks to arrange for your next appointment.   Root canal treatment is only one step in returning your tooth to full function.  A proper final restoration of the tooth is extremely important in ensuring long-term success and in order to protect your treated tooth against breakage or re-contamination of the root canal spaces. It is often necessary for this tooth to receive additional protection in the form of a cast gold or porcelain crown.  Your family dentist is best qualified to determine how to restore your tooth.

A report will be mailed to your dentist informing him/her that treatment has been completed. In some cases it is advisable to evaluate the progress of the healing of your tooth and surrounding tissues.  If your tooth requires re-examination, you will be given notification to return at the appropriate time.

It is often necessary for this tooth to receive additional protection in the form of a cast gold or porcelain crown.  Your family dentist is best qualified to determine how to restore your tooth.

A report will be mailed to your dentist informing him/her that treatment has been completed. In some cases it is advisable to evaluate the progress of the healing of your tooth and surrounding tissues.  If your tooth requires re-examination, you will be given notification to return at the appropriate time.