Endodontic Treatment: Post-op Care

Endodontic Treatment: Post-op Care

Endodontic treatment or root canal therapy has been performed on your teeth, during which the inflamed and infected pulp is removed and the inside of the teeth in cleaned, disinfected and filled with rubber like material called gutta percha.

You might feel some tenderness in the area for the following few days as your tooth and surrounding area undergoes the healing process. Some tenderness could also be the result of keeping your jaw open for a long time during the treatment. Over the Counter pain medications are usually enough to relieve these temporary symptoms. However, it is important for you to follow the instructions on how to take these medications. If narcotic medications are prescribed, you strongly advised not to operate dangerous machinery or drive a motor vehicle after taking them as these meds have the tendency to make you drowsy.

The treated tooth will feel slightly different than other teeth but, if you have severe pain or pressure that lasts more than a few days, please contact us.

Guidelines for Post-Treatment Care

  • Do not eat anything until the numbness in your mouth wears off. This will prevent you from biting your cheek or tongue.
  • Do not chew or bite on the treated tooth until you have had it restored by your dentist.
  • Be sure to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would.
  • If the opening in your tooth was restored with a temporary filling material, it is not unusual for a thin layer to wear off in-between appointments. However, if you think the entire filling has come out, contact your endodontist.
  • Contact us right away if you develop any of the following:
    • a visible swelling inside or outside of your mouth;
    • an allergic reaction to medication, including rash, hives or itching (nausea is not an allergic reaction);
    • a return of original symptoms; or
    • your bite feels uneven.

Taking Care of Your Tooth

After root canal treatment, a proper final restoration is crucially important for long term survival of the tooth. After the tooth has been restored, you need only practice good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, regular checkups and cleanings. Regular recall appointment and periodic radiographs will help us keep track of the healing. If tooth becomes painful or diseased months or even years after successful treatment, repeating the endodontic procedure can save the tooth.

      Please feel free to contact us if you have any doubts or questions. Thanks for choosing Father Tobin Dentistry for your dental needs.

Simple Oral Hygiene Tips for Kds

1. Sharing utensils with kids can lead to transfer of cavity causing germs to your child. Refrain from this activity.

2. Give your kids fluoridated water and healthy food. Decrease their intake of sugary snack, drinks and foods. Sugary and acidic drinks increase the chances of your kid getting cavity by eroding away the protective enamel layer of teeth.

3. Introduce Sippy cup and take away the bottle after consulting with your medical provider. Putting babies to bed with a bottle leads to constant supply of food to harmful bacteria living on teeth, which exponentially increases the risk of cavities.

4. Kid’s first dental visit should be no later than age 1 year old. Taking kids to see a dentist at an early age helps develop a familiarity with the dental environment. Regular dental visits should also be a priority.

5. Start brushing kid’s teeth with fluoridated toothpaste as soon as they start to erupt through the gums until they can brush by themselves. Monitor their brushing habits.

6. Dental sealants can be placed on biting surface of teeth to prevent cavities. Ask us about this service.

7. Kids should brush their teeth for 2 minutes and twice per day.