After Endodontic Treatment

Home Care

Following Today's Treatment

It is possible that your tooth will be sore for a few days. There is no cause for alarm since this is a perfectly normal reaction. Any over-the-counter pain medication should be adequate to control your discomfort. Should you experience swelling or excessive pain please contact the office. Discomfort following treatment in no way affects the successful outcome of this procedure.

It is normal for a thin layer of the temporary restoration to be worn away between appointments. We suggest that you try to avoid chewing on this tooth until the root canal treatment has been completed. You can brush your teeth normally, the temporary filling will not be affected.

Should the filling come out, or if you are in doubt, call the office. Following completion of the root canal you will have to return to your regular dentist for a permanent restoration. If you have any questions or problems concerning your treatment,
please do not hesitate to call the office at any time.

Now That Root Canal Treatment Is Completed

You may experience some discomfort for the next few days. This is a common occurrence and if necessary you can take any over-the- counter pain medication as directed to quiet the tooth.

The opening that was made in your tooth to do the root canal has been sealed with a temporary filling. Please arrange to see your family dentist as soon as possible for a permanent filling. The temporary filling will eventually leak and could cause your
root canal to fail.

Usually the teeth that require root canal treatment have been weakened by previous decay and large fillings. It is often necessary for this tooth to receive additional protection by restoring it with a crown(cap). Your family dentist is best qualified to determine the
ideal restoration for your tooth. Discuss the alternatives with your family dentist.

A summary of your treatment and an x-ray of the completed root canal will be sent to your family dentist. In some cases it is important to check on the healing process by taking additional x-rays. Your doctor will tell you whether this is appropriate for
your tooth. Please call and schedule an appointment if he/she feels this is necessary.

We hope that our website helps answer your questions. However, please feel free to contact us if something is left unclear  Lutherville-Timonium Office 410-821-5553, Bel Air Office 410-836-7800.