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After 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 only. If you do not already have a crown you will need to see your dentist for that restoration unless told differently either by the endodontist or your dentist.  Please telephone your restorative dentist for an appointment. A complete report and radiograph of treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. 

Cleansing the root canal system may cause inflammation of the tissue surrounding the tooth.  You may experience some discomfort for a few days.  Sometimes it takes several days for symptoms to develop.  The tooth may throb or be sensitive to bite or touch.
Over the counter analgesics like Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen usually alleviate the discomfort.  If you are prescribed an antibiotic to help control infection, it should be started immediately and be taken until gone.  An ice pack placed outside of the cheek will also help alleviate symptoms.

Severe pain that keeps you awake at night or pain not alleviated by medication should be reported to our office.  You should also call us if you develop swelling or if prior swelling worsens.  Sometimes your gum will be red and swollen from the clamp that was used around the tooth during the procedure.  This is normal and will subside in a few days.

Avoid chewing or biting directly on the treated tooth until your general dentist replaces the temporary filling.  It is OK to brush and floss your teeth.  If the temporary filling is lost, call our office so we can arrange to replace the temporary.  You can check to see if the temporary filling is in place by looking into a mirror.