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.

Care After Tooth Extraction

  1. Bite on gauze for 45 minutes. Do not chew on the gauze. Gauze is wet with salt water.
  2. To limit swelling, apply an ice pack to the cheek outside the surgery area, every 10 sec on and 5 sec off, for first two hours after surgery.
  3. Do not smoke. Smoking greatly increases the risk of dry socket and should be avoided for at least 4-7 days.
  4. Keep your head elevated on 2 or 3 pillows, or in a recliner. This will prevent excessive bleeding and improve your comfort.
  5. Do not spit forcibly or suck on the extraction site. Remember that excess saliva and a little bleeding will look like a lot of bleeding.
  6. If bleeding starts again, put tea bag wet with chilled water over the bleeding area and bite on it with firm, steady pressure for 30 minutes. If repeating this two times does not stop the bleeding, call our office.
  7. Drink lots of liquids, and eat anything you can swallow. Take only liquids and semi-solids, either cold or at room temperature. Avoid hot and hard food. Do not use a straw.
  8. The day after surgery, start rinsing the mouth very gently with half teaspoon of salt to a full glass of tea warm water. Continue for one week after every meal.
  9. REST! Avoid strenuous activity on the day of surgery. After this you may resume your usual activity as it becomes comfortable.
  10. If pain does not improve or increases after 72 hours, call us.

 

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Importance Of Fillings

What causes Decay?

Bacteria that live on teeth. When sugar is consumed, bacteria use sugar to manufacture acids that dissolve the teeth and cause tooth decay.

Cavity destroys the tooth structure and weakens it. If this problem is not addressed and treated early, the decay would reach nerves and tissues within the tooth, which may cause infection and pain. At this point, tooth will require root canal treatment. If lot of tooth structure is lost and tooth is deemed non-restorable, we might have to extract the tooth. Getting your fillings done early will prevent this from happening and will also eliminate pain caused by sensitivity due to untreated cavity. This will not only reduce your dental expenses but will also promote your oral health.

Dental Implants

If you have missing teeth, it is crucial to replace them. Without all your teeth, chewing and eating can destabilize your bite and cause you discomfort. When teeth are missing, your mouth can shift and even cause your face to look older. Implants are a great way to replace your missing teeth. Today's implants are not susceptible to periodontal disease or tooth den poster4decay – the processes that cause breakdown and loss of natural teeth. They are considered permanent – and in most cases can last a lifetime! A dental implant used to replace a missing tooth is a more conservative, less invasive, more durable and more natural and comfortable alternative.

An implant is a new tooth made of metal and porcelain that looks just like your natural tooth. It's composed of two main parts: One is the titanium implant body that takes the place of the missing root, and the second part is the tooth-colored crown that is cemented on top of the implant.

 

Dental implants are intended for use in either the upper and/or the lower jaw to support prosthetic devices, such as artificial teeth. By integrating with the jaw, they enable restorations that range from replacement of one single tooth to an entire arch of bridgework, or as stabilizing elements for overdenture applications.

 

In addition to tooth replacement, implants may be used to anchor dentures, especially lower dentures that tend to shift when you talk or chew. There is good news for denture wearers; even complete dentures can now be supported by implants in what is called an overdenture. The advantage of an implant-supported overdenture is that it is completely stable, with no slipping, no rocking and no falling out. Speaking and chewing are unaffected. With an implant-supported denture or fixed bridge, there is no longer any need to use adhesives or to be concerned about teeth that move.

 

Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.

 

Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types of Restorations?

There are several reasons: Why sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge a space? In addition, removing a denture or a "partial" at night may be inconvenient, not to mention that dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.

 

Are You a Candidate for Implants?

If you are considering implants, your mouth must be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed. If your mouth is not ideal for implants, ways of improving outcome, such as bone grafting, may be recommended.

 

What Type of Anaesthesia Is Used?

The majority of dental implants and bone graft can be performed in the office under local anaesthesia, with or without general anaesthesia.

 

Do Implants Need Special Care?

Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.

 

Studies have found that the success rate for today's dental implants is as high as 98 percent, with no or little discernible bone loss. In the hands of a properly trained and skilled specialized dentist, they are a safe, predictable and most often preferred alternative to old-fashioned bridges and dentures.

 

Father Tobin Dentistry provides dental implant services to our patients – with a gentle touch, and stunning results

As an experienced dentist, Dr. Surinder Singh Khurana has extensive training and experience in all aspects of dentures and implant dentistry, which allow him to create natural-looking, precision-fit, implant-supported dentures and partials.

If you are considering dental implants, we at Father Tobin Dentistry will perform an examination and advise you if you are a candidate at your consultation. Implants are placed in our clinic with minimal to no discomfort.  Once the implant has bonded to the jawbone, Dr. Surinder Singh Khurana will uncover the implants and attach the healing abutment. At the same time, our team will design the final bridge or crown to complete the treatment.

In addition, with technology available in our clinic we are able to offer 'Teeth in a Day'. For many, it is possible to extract failing teeth, place the necessary implants and place fixed, non-removable temporary restorations in a single appointment. This provides for both immediate functional and cosmetic replacement of failing teeth, minimizing the disruption to a patient's busy life style.