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At Contemporary Endodontics, our Team of Endodontists will ensure you are taken care of after your treatment. Below, we have compiled a detailed set of instructions for you to follow after your treatment.
Your root canal therapy will usually maintain your tooth and relieve the pain you may have been experiencing. Please avoid biting on the tooth for 30 minutes after your appointment so your filling may harden. Also, avoid biting your lip, cheek, and tongue while anesthetized (numb) since this may cause damage to them.
Over the counter analgesics such as Aspirin, Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Ibuprofen (Advil, Nuprin, Motrin IB), Ketoprofen (Orudis KT), Naproxen sodium (Aleve) products usually, alleviate the discomfort. Some evidence suggests that taking one of the above pain relievers before the anesthetic wears off and continuing for 1 or 2 days as directed on the medication label may substantially decrease any after-treatment discomfort.
You will be given a prescription for a stronger medication if we feel it will be necessary. Narcotic medications should never be taken in combination with alcohol, histamine blockers (antihistamines), tranquilizers, muscle relaxants, or any other agent that depresses the central nervous system. Narcotics increase the effects of these medications on the brain, and overdose can result from their combined use. Remember that you must NOT drive a car or engage in any type of activity requiring mental alertness while taking narcotic or sedative type medications.
In most cases, antibiotics are not required after endodontic therapy. You will be given a prescription for antibiotics if we feel it will be necessary. Some medical conditions require a special antibiotic prophylaxis regimen to help prevent damage to certain structures. Most of these conditions only require a single dose of antibiotics prior to treatment.
Occasionally we will recommend that you continue to take antibiotics after endodontic therapy, so follow the instructions for after treatment coverage. Although rare, antibiotics can cause severe and persistent diarrhea. Contact this office immediately or seek medical attention if severe diarrhea occurs. Women Only: Antibiotics may interfere with oral birth control medications resulting in pregnancy. We suggest alternative birth control methods should be used during this cycle. If you are unsure, please contact your physician.
It is difficult to discuss all possible side effects but if any of the following develop, stop taking the medication and call promptly: skin rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, bloody or cloudy urine, bloody stools, severe diarrhea (more than 5 movements in 24 hour period), sore throat, high fever, unusual bleeding or bruising, severe vomiting, and visual disturbances. Less serious side effects include nausea, stomach pain, heartburn, vomiting, drowsiness, dizziness, headache, and nervousness.
Try to avoid biting or chewing on the tooth during the first few days if it is sore. If a temporary or buildup was placed, your tooth is in a weakened condition, so do not bite hard or chewy foods until it is restored with a proper restoration; otherwise, it may break.
With proper care, your restored tooth can last a lifetime if healing is adequate. Teeth treated with endodontic therapy can still decay. As with other teeth, proper dental care requires regular brushing and flossing, a nutritious diet and regular visits to your family dentist.
Once endodontic therapy is completed, your tooth should be examined periodically, usually every 6 – 12 months. This allows us to make sure the tooth has healed or is healing properly. You will be scheduled at the time of completion for re-evaluation. Our office will reevaluate the tooth for at least two years. Please call our office if your tooth feels unusual or discomfort persists after completion.
If you have questions about root canal treatment, we invite you to contact our office.