Before your Treatment:
- Please try to eat breakfast or lunch before your appointment
- Continue all medications prescribed by your physician as you normally would
- If you have been advised by your physician or dentist to use antibiotic premedication prior to dental treatment, please make sure to do so. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact our office.
- Now that your endodontic treatment has been completed, it is imperative that you contact your general dentist to have your tooth permanently restored as soon as possible. Your tooth is currently sealed with a temporary filling material that is not meant to be there long term. A non-restored tooth can become contaminated and is prone to fractures that could result in loss of the root canal treated tooth.
- To help keep your temporary filling in place, avoid biting on anything hard, chewy, or sticky, such as almonds, gum, caramel, etc. until your tooth is restored. If your temporary filling falls out, contact our office or your general dentist immediately to have the filling replaced. If you are unable to do so, temporary dental filling materials can be purchased at your local drugstore until you are able to see your doctor.
- It is normal to feel some tenderness in the treated area and soreness in your jaw from keeping your mouth open for an extended period during the procedure. Think of your tooth having been “injured”, and like any other part of the body, it will need some time to heal. Don’t be surprised if you still have some chewing sensitivity for up to a few weeks after your treatment. However, if your bite feels high, contact us to adjust it so that any excessive force to the tooth is removed.
- These temporary symptoms usually respond well to over-the-counter medications such as Motrin or Tylenol. However, do not take them if your physician has restricted you due to any other medical conditions. Also, depending on the diagnosis of your tooth and the treatment provided, you may be given prescriptions for narcotic pain medication and/or antibiotics. If so, take them only as prescribed and contact our office immediately if you develop any new or worsening swelling, or experience severe pain.
- Make sure to continue brushing and flossing regularly. It is important that you return to our office for any follow-up visits recommended by your doctor to monitor the healing of your tooth.