After Completion of Endodontic Treatment

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 telephone your restorative dentist for an appointment. A complete report of treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. 

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. 

Home Care Instructions

Your tooth and surrounding gum tissue may be slightly tender for several days up to two weeks as a result of manipulation during treatment and the 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 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.

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 our office immediately.

The office telephone is answered during the day from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you need to call after hours, please listen to the prompts on our voicemail to get in contact with the doctor and please have your pharmacy number available.

If you have any questions, please call our office at 440-808-9990