After Completion of Endodontic Treatment

The root canal system has been permanently sealed. However, the outer surface is sealed with a temporary restoration. A permanent restoration must be placed to protect your tooth against fracture and decay. 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 permanent restoration. Please schedule with your restorative dentist within two weeks to place a permanent restoration on your tooth. A report of your treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist.

Are There Any Potential Problems After Treatment?

  • TMJ (jaw joint) soreness –  warm moist compresses and anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen (Aleve), may be helpful.
  • Injection site soreness/bruising – anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen (Aleve) may be helpful.
  • Tooth/gum soreness – avoid chewing on the affected side. Anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen (Aleve) may be helpful. Warm salt water rinses may be helpful for gum soreness.
  • Swelling/infection of area – when there is infection already present in the tooth, there is a higher probability of a post-operative infection. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics following your root canal treatment.  An ice pack to the area for the first 24 hours may minimize swelling and inflammation. Please alert our office immediately if you experience severe pain and/or swelling associated with your root canal treated tooth. Often times a follow-up procedure may be necessary.
  • Post-surgical complications – any pertinent complications involving microsurgery will be discussed in detail with you during your consultation appointment.

If you have any questions, please call our office at Brandon Office Phone Number 813-654-3636