Dental procedures

After your root canal therapy

Your endodontic, or root canal therapy will help to save your tooth and relieve the pain you may have been experiencing.

The information below tells you what to expect after root canal treatment.

Will I have pain after the treatment?
Often there is no pain after endodontic treatment, but you may experience some discomfort for a few days, especially when chewing, because cleaning the root canals may cause inflammation of the surrounding nerves. If your tooth hurt before treatment, it may take a while for the soreness to go away.Over-the-counter pain tablets usually relieve the discomfort. If discomfort is long lasting or if you have severe pain please call us. We will suggest medication or other steps to make you more comfortable.

How should I take care of my tooth?
Try to avoid biting or chewing with the tooth during the first few days. The area may be little tender for three or four days but it should heal without any special treatment. Avoid pulling on your cheek or lip. If we prescribed medication, be sure to take it as directed. If you have any questions about how to take the medication, call our rooms.

Is infection a possibility?
If your tooth was badly infected when you came to us or if you are suffering from an abscess we may have to prescribe antibiotics to control the infection. Occasionally we will allow a severe infection to drain between visits to relieve the pain and pressure.

How long will my tooth last?
When we finish root canal therapy we put a temporary filling in the tooth and this has to be replaced with a more permanent restoration. The type of restoration will depend on the location and condition of the tooth.With proper care, your restored tooth can last a lifetime. Proper dental care consists of regular brushing and flossing, a nutritious diet and regular visits to your dentist. Your tooth should be examined six months to a year after treatment to make sure that it is has healed properly.