Endodontic Treatment After Care

What You Need To Know After Your Treatment

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So, your endodontic treatment is over, now what?

Once your root canal system has been permanently sealed during an endodontic therapy, there are several things you will need to do afterwards to avoid further complications.

The seal placed on the outer portion of your root canal is temporary. Generally, your general dentist will have to perform a restoration to fully protect the affected tooth. Prior to your visit to your general dentist, our team will forward an in-depth record to your dentist to ensure they get the job done right.

Initial Endodontic Treatment Recovery Period

As the local anesthesia from begins to make it’s way out of your body, mild pain and associated sensitivity may occur. If you do experience mild pain or sensitivity immediately after your endodontic treatment, the pain you are experiencing will most likely subside in just a couple of days. You can find more specified information on the pain associated with post-endodontic treatment here.

Most patients do not need any pain relief medication following their procedure, and if they do, usually have what they need by following the before treatment recommendations. Even so, some patients with mild sensitivity may opt for low-grade pain relief medications such as Ibuprofen or Tylenol. It is advised that you consult your doctor before taking any of these medications to ensure that there will be no interactions with any other supplements or medications you are currently taking.

Knowing the Dangers Present Following an Endodontic Treatment

One of the first things we make sure our patients know is teeth are far more likely to fracture following an endodontic treatment.

This means immediately following your procedure; you need to chew on the other side of your mouth to ensure no damage occurs. Once a restorative dentist has placed a crown over the affected area, you will be able to chew normally again.

After your endodontic treatment, the last thing you want to deal with are the consequences of a traumatic tooth injury due to negligence of proper post-operation care. If mistreated, a root canal retreatment may be necessary to restore the tooth to it’s previous health.

Potential Problems You May Face After Treatment

There are some problems you may face after treatment, such as:

  • Nerve Injuries to Lower Teeth – After treatment, you may have a nerve injury if your procedure was performed on the lower posterior teeth. Our team will inform you of this possibility before the treatment to ensure you know what to expect. The lower teeth are usually closest to the nerves that control sensation to your lips and gums. There are instances when you will feel a slight tingling during surgery as the anesthesia wears off. This sensation might last a few days if the nerves near these teeth were affected.
  • Upper Teeth and Sinus Issues – If the treatment is for your upper teeth, there may be a few issues with your sinuses following the surgery. Communication between your mouth and sinuses is common following root canal surgery. Usually, we will advise you to avoid blowing your nose for a few days after your surgery is completed. Blowing your nose can create a lot of pressure in your sinuses and may lead to discomfort.
  • After Treatment Infections – Sometimes, after treatment, you can get an infection. If this happens, you will usually be placed on an antibiotic for a week to eliminate the possibility of the infection continuing.

Some additional issues you may experience can be found here.

During your consultation before the surgery, our team will provide you with all of the information you need to feel at ease with the procedure we will perform.

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