Care after the Root Canal Treatment Visit

 

BRUCE Y. CHA, D.M.D.
JIN JIANG, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Diplomates, American Board of Endodontics

    o If anesthesia was given, please do not eat until the numbness wears out in a few hours.

    o The temporary filling will set in an hour. Please be careful not to disturb the setting of the temporary restoration during this time.

    o Expect soreness around the tooth and gum for a few days. If you are able, taking over-the-counter pain medication such as Advil®, Motrin® (3 pills every 6 hours for 2 days), Aleve® (1 pill every 12 hours) or Tylenol® (2 Extra Strength every 6-8 hours for 2 days) can help to reduce the discomfort.

    o If medications are prescribed, please take them by the clock to ensure their effectiveness.

    o Please avoid using the root canal treated tooth for chewing crunch or hard food since doing so may cause discomfort or fracture. You should exercise caution eating with the tooth that received treatment at least until your general dentist completes the final restoration. This is especially important to follow if your tooth is cracked.

    o Please refrain from applying unnecessary pressure to or touch the treated tooth with the tongue, finger or any object. This may cause prolonged sensitivity on the treated tooth.

    o You may brush and floss the treated tooth gently but should not floss if the temporary filling was placed in the space between teeth.

    o Please call our office if you continue to experience the discomfort more than a week after the treatment. After office hours or during the weekend, a doctor on call will help you.

 


After the Completion of Root Canal Treatment (Root canal space is sealed and the tooth is temporized at the last visit.)

 

    o If your tooth feels comfortable a few days after the completion of root canal treatment, you may call your general dentist to arrange the appointment to restore the tooth with crown or final filling within the next 2-4 weeks.

    o Having the tooth restored with crown or final filling will extend the success of the root canal treatment that you received by preventing bacterial leakage and fracture. Failure to place the final restoration is the leading cause of the tooth loss after root canal treatment.

    o After the final restoration in place, you will need to take care of the tooth with thorough daily brushing and flossing and regular dental check ups/cleaning.

    o Root canal treatment saves root(s) by eliminating the inflammation or infection from the root canal space. Root(s) has not been removed but saved as a foundation through root canal treatment. It is natural to feel the presence of the tooth to tapping or touch after root canal treatment since the root(s) is still present. Occasionally, the root canal treated tooth may feel slightly different from teeth that did not have root canal treatment.

    o We provide a follow up visit to monitor the outcome of your root canal treatment in a year to check the healing. You will receive a post card as a reminder from us to call our office to make the appointment for this follow up visit. There will be no charge for this visit.

    Thank you for having chosen our office for your endodontic treatment. We appreciate and value your relationship with our office. It would be helpful to hear from you about how we are doing and where we can improve in serving you. Please feel free to call us 203-281-6574 or e-mail us at hamden@rootcanaldrs.com with any comments, questions or concerns.