Endodontic treatment has now been completed. It is not uncommon for the tooth and the surrounding gum tissue to exhibit a dull ache, or be tender for several days. This tenderness is normal and is not cause for alarm. Your tooth will no longer be sensitive to hot or cold but may become very sensitive to bite. This will subside gradually over the next 10-15 days.
The outer surface is sealed with a temporary filling. It is not unusual for a thin layer or small portion to wear down, or slightly sink, giving the impression it has come out. If you feel the entire temporary filling has come out, please contact us. A permanent filling and/or crown must be placed to protect your tooth against fracture and re-infection. Your dentist and endodontist will determine the appropriate restoration to best protect your tooth.
Your tooth is more prone to fracture immediately after root canal treatment. We advise that you do not chew on the treated tooth for at least the first two days after having your root canal as it will be tender to bite.
We recommend that you see your dentist within 30 days after the root canal treatment for the final restoration. A complete follow-up report including x-rays will be sent to your dentist.
- Please use caution when chewing on the treated tooth until a protective restoration is completed by your dentist.
- Avoid chewing gum, caramels, or other sticky, soft candy which could dislodge the temporary material or fracture your tooth.
- Do not eat until the numbness has worn off. This will prevent you from biting your cheek or tongue.
- You may continue your regular dental hygiene regimen including brushing and flossing.
It is more effective to control the inflammation from your tooth condition and the procedure immediately rather than waiting for pain to come. We recommend taking 800mg of ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) every 4-6 hours.
If you are allergic to or cannot tolerate the above please take acetaminophen (Tylenol) 1000mg every 6 hours for the duration of two days.
Children under 16 years old should take 200mg to 400mg of ibuprofen or 250 mg of acetaminophen every 6 hours.
If you have any questions, please call our office at 616.249.3500