Home care steps after your root canal
Endodontic treatment has now been completed. The root canal system is permanent. In the hours and days following your root canal, it is important to take measures to protect the affected area and monitor any changes you may experience such as swelling, bleeding and fever.
After your root canal, the outer surface is sealed with a temporary restoration only. It is necessary to have a follow-up restoration placed on the tooth to protect it against fracture and decay. Please telephone your general dentist for an appointment. Our office will forward a report of treatment to your general dentist.
Included with your treatment in our office is a 6-month follow-up examination to evaluate the progress of healing. This appointment is at no additional charge and will require only a few minutes. A reminder card will be sent by mail to schedule this appointment.
For post-surgery instructions, please refer to our “What to Expect After Surgery” information sheet:
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Discomfort After Treatment
What to do if you have any post-treatment discomfort and pain
Your tooth and surrounding gum tissue may be slightly tender for several days as a result of manipulation during treatment and previous condition of your tooth. This tenderness is normal and is no cause for alarm. To understand and respond to normal pain, please consider the following:
- 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. 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 our office immediately. The office telephone is answered day and night. If you need to call after hours, please have your pharmacy number available.