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After Root Canal Treatment

Be sure to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would.

Do not chew food on the affected side until your endodontic therapy is completed and your tooth is covered with a permanent filling.

The treated tooth and surrounding gums may be slightly tender or painful for a few days as a result of manipulation during treatment as well as internal changes around the tooth. You may also feel some tenderness in your jaw from keeping it open for an extended period of time.

This tenderness is normal and is no cause for alarm. These symptoms are temporary and usually respond very well to routine pain-killers that would be prescribed to you.

Contact us right away if you develop any of the following:

  • A visible swelling inside or outside of your mouth
  • An allergic reaction to medication, including rash, hives or itching
  • A return of original symptoms or worsening of symptoms

If there is any doubt, please call our office prior to your appointment.

If the opening in your tooth was restored with a temporary filling material, it is not unusual for a thin layer to wear off in-between appointments. However, if you think the entire filling has come out, contact us immediately. Root canal treatment is only one step in returning your tooth to full function. Following completion of root canal treatment, a filling of the cavity will be needed. In many instances this may additionally involve placement of a crown. It is advisable to go for the permanent filling and crown at the earliest, to prevent re-infection.

A timely final restoration and crowning of the tooth is extremely important in ensuring long-term success. Please contact your dentist at the earliest to schedule your next appointment.

A complete report of treatment will be given to your dentist.

It is recommended that you report for a follow-up appointment on the 6th month followed by yearly intervals. This would ensure keeping a check on the tooth and any persistent or re-infection could be addressed at the earliest time possible.