Things to know before the endodontic treatment
Endodontic treatment is also referred to as Root Canal Therapy.
Root canal therapy will performed under local anesthesia.
Please eat a full breakfast or lunch as applicable.
If your dentist or physician has prescribed or advised you to use an ‘antibiotic premedication’, please make sure to take that antibiotic on the day of your treatment.
What to expect after treatment?
After receiving root canal therapy, you are required to visit a restorative dentist who will provide restoration to the tooth/teeth that received root canal therapy. Our office will send the restorative dentist the record of the treatment that you received. Upon reviewing the record of treatment your restorative dentist will determine what type of restoration will be applicable to your tooth/teeth.
General Root Canal Therapy Information
Generally, root canal therapy is completed in only one visit that is however, if Dr. Rezaie determines that it is to the patient’s benefit and the future of tooth that the treatment is completed throughout several visits. Most root canal therapy treatments take approximately 1 ½ hours depending on the complexity of the procedure and the anatomy of tooth/teeth.
After receiving root canal therapy treatment(s) there is a possibility your tooth/teeth and the surrounding gum issue may become tender for several days; especially when you try bite on the tooth/teeth. The reason for the tenderness is due to the inflammation of the surrounding ligaments and the previous condition of your tooth/teeth.
Remember to avoid chewing food on that side of your mouth until treatment is completed and your restorative dentist has covered your tooth/teeth with a protective restoration.
After receiving treatment, you may continue with your regular dental hygiene routine. If you happen to experience discomfort you may:
- Take Advil, Tylenol or Aspirin
- Rinse with warm salt water
If the pain becomes severe which does happen on rare occasions, you may be prescribed stronger medication or antibiotics.
In the event that you experience swelling or pain that becomes unbearable even when you have tried to manage the pain with the above mentioned medication, please immediately contact our office.