After Completion of 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. A follow-up restoration must be placed to protect your tooth against fracture and decay. Please telephone your restorative dentist for an appointment. A complete report of treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. Included in your treatment is a follow-up examination, typically at about 6 months, to evaluate the progress of healing. This appointment will require only a few minutes and no additional fee will be charged for the check-up visit.

Your tooth is more prone to fracture immediately after endodontic treatment. You should chew on the other side until your restorative dentist has placed a core build-up and a protective restoration, usually a crown. If your tooth’s strength is seriously compromised, your endodontist or restorative dentist may place a post and core build-up inside the tooth. Your restorative dentist and endodontist will determine the appropriate restoration to best protect your tooth.

Are There Any Potential Problems After Treatment?

  •  Mild to moderate pain is common for 48-72 hours.   Most pain can be manages with ibuprofen (Advil) and acetaminophen (Tylenol).  If you had severe pain when presenting to our office for treatment you may be prescribed additional prescription medication for pain management.  
  • Post-operative infections. Post-operative infections occasionally occur.  You will be prescribed an antibiotic for one week which will take care of almost all infections.  Occasionally, additional evaluation or other follow-up procedures will be needed in our office.
  • Persistent numbness or paresthesia.  On very rare occasions you can experience long lasting numbness in the area of treatment.  This is more common in teeth with roots very close to large nerve branches.  Your endodontist will inform you if there is an increased risk in your case.  This condition is nearly always temporary and requires only regular monitoring.

If you have any questions, please call our office at Lawrence Endodontics Phone Number 785.843.8610