After Completion of Endodontic Treatment

RESTORATION: Your tooth may be more prone to fracture following endodontic treatment. You should chew on the other side of your mouth until your dentist has placed a protective restoration

We will send a report and a copy of your radiographs to your dentist following treatment. Please contact his or her office one to four weeks after completion of your root canal to have the tooth permanently restored. Your dentist will determine the appropriate restoration to best protect your tooth. 

EATING: Do not eat solid food while you are still numb. However, drinking liquids is okay. It usually takes two to three hours for the anesthesia to wear off. 

PAIN MEDICATION: Soreness is normal following a root canal. In most cases over the counter pain medication (such as Tylenol, ibuprofen or aspirin) will take care of the discomfort. Use whichever medication normally works best for you.

PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS: Dr. Mayo may prescribe medications for you to take following treatment. These may include antibiotics for infection and/or analgesics for pain. If prescribed, take them as directed. Female patients should note that antibiotics can decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills. 

FOLLOW UP: One year after completion of the root canal, we will take a radiograph to assess healing of the root canal. This will require only a few minutes of your time and there is no additional charge. We will send a reminder when it is time to schedule that appointment. 

Please call us if you have any questions about your tooth or if you do not feel your symptoms are resolving as expected.