Now that the Endodontist has completed your endodontic treatment, the root canal system needs to be permanently sealed. Since the outer surface is sealed with a temporary filling, a permanent restoration must be placed by your general dentist to protect your tooth against fracture and decay.
After Completion of Endodontic Treatment
When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. You should contact his/her office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of completion at our office if needed. Your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is rare for Endodontic patients to experience complications after routine Endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to help.
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.
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.
Do not chew food on the affected side until your Endodontic therapy is completed and your tooth is covered with a protective restoration (filling) provided by your restorative dentist. You may continue your regular dental hygiene regimen.
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 day and night. If you need to call after hours, please have your pharmacy number available.