Information Following Endodontic (Root Canal) Therapy
Mills Dental Group
1011 Highway 6 S., #300 · Houston, TX 77077
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- Endodontic treatment can take one, two or three appointments depending on each case. It is possible to experience any of the following symptoms after any one of these appointments: sensitivity to hot and/or cold, sensitivity to pressure, possible swelling.
- It is not uncommon to have discomfort after treatment. Use over the counter pain medication or the pain medicine prescribed.
- If you experience swelling, call our office; it may be necessary to prescribe an antibiotic for you.
- A temporary filling (build up) and temporary crown is placed after the root canal while a permanent crown is made. The permanent crown process takes 2 to 3 weeks for our lab to make a completed crown for your tooth.
- Be gentle on the tooth while eating until the final restoration is placed.
- 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 can result in the need to extract the tooth. Therefore it’s important to protect the tooth with a crown as soon as possible.
- After endodontic treatment the tooth may have some discoloration due to the blood supply, nerve treatment and nutrient supply.
- After procedure, wait for the numbness to go away and then your diet should be soft foods for a day or so because the tooth may be sore. Try to avoid hard or chewy foods.
- After you get your permanent crown, you can resume your diet as normal.