Post-Op Instructions for Root Canals
- Endodontic treatment can take 1, 2, or 3 appointments depending on the case. It is possible to experience any of the following symptoms after any of these appointments: sensitivity to hot and/or cold; sensitivity to pressure; possible swelling. If you experience swelling, please call us immediately, as additional medication may be required.
- One common occurrence with a newly root-canalled tooth is for the tooth to feel “high” when you bite your teeth together. If this occurs it will cause your tooth to stay sensitive for a longer period of time. Please call us if your bite feels “high” as this problem is easily rectified with a simple bite adjustment.
- A temporary filling may be used to temporarily seal the tooth between visits.
- Be gentle on the tooth while eating until the final restoration is placed.
- The gum tissue could have been irritated during the procedure, and may be sore for a few days together with the anesthetic injection site.
- During endodontic treatment, the nerve, blood, and nutrient supply to the tooth is removed. This will cause the tooth to become brittle and prone to fracturing, which could result in the need to extract the tooth. A full coverage crown is recommended to prevent this from happening.
- A root canal is a therapy, not a cure. It has a high success rate, but almost 4% of them fail. If your root canal fails within a period of 3 years from the date of service, we will either refund the cost of your root canal, or retreat your failed root canal. In addition, if the tooth cannot be saved, the cost of the crown placed in our office will be refunded during that 3-year period. This warranty is null and void if the patient does not maintain their 6-month continuing care cleaning appointments.
Dental Post-Op Information
The gum tissue could have been irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days together with the anesthetic injection site.
A dry socket is when the blood clot gets dislodged prematurely from the tooth socket. Symptoms of pain at the surgical site, and even pain to the ear may occur 2-3 days following surgery. Call the office if this occurs.
Avoid heavy brushing of the temporaries, and do not floss between them because you may pull them off.
Your final porcelain veneers will be as close to the natural beauty and function of your teeth as possible. They look and feel normal in every way.
Chewing: The new bite may not feel completely comfortable for several weeks. We can adjust the contacting surfaces of your teeth after the dentures or partials have settled into place.
Cleaning the dentures/partials and your mouth: Your denture/partials can be cleaned easily by using a denture brush and a mild toothpaste. Periodic denture soaks are also useful (ex: Polident). We recommend leaving your partials out of your mouth at night and soaking them in water.
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