After Treatment

General Instructions

Your tooth and surrounding gum tissue may be slightly tender for several days due to the previous condition of your tooth and as a result of manipulation during treatment. 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 restorative dentist. You may continue your regular dental hygiene regimen. Discomfort may be alleviated by taking ibuprofen (Advil), aspirin, or acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed.

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.

After Completion of Endodontic Treatment

When endodontic treatment has been completed, the internal 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 restorative dentist for an appointment. A report of treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist detailing any treatment received at our office. A follow-up examination to evaluate the progress of healing is included in your endodontic treatment. A postcard will be mailed to you indicating that it is time for your return, generally 6-12 months following completion of your endodontic therapy. This appointment will require about 15 minutes and no additional fee will be charged for the first check-up visit. Please call for an appointment at your convenience.

Your tooth is more prone to fracture immediately after endodontic treatment. You should chew on the other side until your restorative dentist has definitively restored your tooth. 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.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

After Hours Emergency:
If you have an after hours emergency, please contact our on call doctor at 612-510-8411.