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Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect after my endodontic therapy?
Your endodontic or root canal therapy will usually maintain your tooth and will eventually relieve the pain you may have been experiencing. Please avoid biting on the tooth for 30 minutes after your appointment so your filling may harden. Also, avoid biting your lip, cheek, and tongue while anesthetized (numb) since this may cause damage to them.
Will I have discomfort after the treatment?
Cleaning of the root canals may cause inflammation of the area surrounding your tooth, which commonly results in slight discomfort after endodontic therapy. You may experience some discomfort ranging from one day to several days, especially when chewing. If your tooth hurt before you came for treatment, it may take awhile for you to feel normal again. Should you have pain that you cannot tolerate, abnormal swelling, fever or pain that persists for more than several days, please call the offIce. We will suggest medication or other steps to make you more comfortable.
Will I need pain medication?
Over the counter pain medication, such as aspirin, Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Ibuprofen (Advil, Nuprin, Motrin) , Ketoprofen (Orudus KT), or Naproxen Sodium (Aleve) provides some relief. Some evidence suggests that taking one of the above pain relievers before the anesthetic wears off and continuing for 1 or 2 days as directed on the medication label may substantially decrease your after¬treatment discomfort. You will be given a prescription for a stronger medication if we feel it is necessary.
What if I had swelling when I came to the office?
If your tooth was "infected" with swelling, the area may be tender for several days while it heals. If the swelling does not reduce after several days or increases, please call our office.
Do I need antibiotics?
In most cases, antibiotics are not required after endodontic therapy. You will be given a prescription for antibiotics if we feel it is necessary. Women only: Antibiotics may interfere with oral birth control medications resulting in pregnancy. We suggest alternative birth control methods be used during this cycle. If you are unsure, please contact your physician.
How should I take care of my tooth?
Try to avoid biting or chewing on the tooth completely during the fIrst few days if it is sore. A void chewing hard foods on your tooth until you have seen your family dentist again. If the temporary filling feels loose or falls out, please call our office. It may need to be replaced so additional treatment is not required.
Why do I need to return to my family dentist?
When we fInish endodontic (root canal) therapy, we usually put a temporary fIlling in the crown of the tooth, unless your dentist has requested that we place a permanent filling. The type of restoration will depend on the location and condition of the tooth. It is important that you see your family dentist promptly because a temporary filling will eventually come loose. Failure to visit your family dentist in a timely manner, (within 4-6 weeks) for restoration may result in retreatment of your tooth at an additional cost or possibly severe pain and infection or loss of the tooth.
How long will my tooth last?
With proper care, your restored tooth can last a lifetime if healing is adequate. Teeth treated with endodontic therapy can still decay as with other teeth, proper dental care requires regular brushing and flossing, a nutritious diet and regular visits to your family dentist.
Will I need to return for additional treatments?
Once endodontic therapy is completed, your tooth should be examined periodically, usually every 6-12 months. This allows us to make sure the tooth has healed, or is healing properly. Please call our office if your tooth feels unusual, or discomfort persists after completion.