After Endodontic Treatment
Your tooth and surrounding gum tissue may be slightly tender for several days as a result of the previous condition of your tooth, and the endodontic 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), acetaminophen (Tylenol), or other medication 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.
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 dentist for an appointment. A complete report of treatment will be sent to your dentist. Included in your treatment is a follow-up examination to evaluate the progress of healing. We will advise you if this is necessary; this appointment will take only a few minutes and no additional fee will be charged for this visit.
Your tooth is more prone to fracture immediately after endodontic treatment. You should chew on the other side until your restorative dentist has placed a core build-up and a protective restoration, usually a crown. If your tooth’s strength is seriously compromised, Dr. Schroeder or your 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 call our office at Waterloo Office Phone Number 519-888-8375