After Completion of Endodontic Treatment
Depending on the procedure that was done, you may or may not need to see your restorative dentist for additional treatment. We will inform you if this is necessary or not. If we were able to place the final restoration and no additional treament is necessary by your general dentist, then you may function on your tooth like you normally would; however, it is normal for that tooth to be sore to chew on for a few days up to a few weeks.
If we were not able to finalize your tooth and you do need to see your general dentist, then 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. This restoration might be a simple filling or more commonly a cap or crown. Please telephone your restorative dentist for an appointment if we have not set this up aleady for you.
In a temporary state, 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. Your restorative dentist will determine the appropriate restoration to best protect your tooth.
A complete report of treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. In some cases, a follow-up examination is necessary to evaluate the progress of healing. This appointment is included with your initial treatment and will require only a few minutes. No additional fee will be charged for the first check-up visit.
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. Do not chew food on the affected side until your endodontic therapy is complete 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. In some cases stronger pain medications are also prescribed.
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.
The office telephone is answered during normal hours, but has our emergency information on the answering machine. In additiona, our emergency numbers are listed on the post-op instructions. If you need to call after hours, please have your pharmacy number available.
If you have any questions, please call our office at Austin Office Phone Number 512-330-9016
- Post Op Instructions for single visit treatment
- Post Op Instructions for 2 visit treatment