Before endodontic treatment:

This procedure will be performed using local anesthesia. There are usually no restrictions after the procedure concerning driving or returning to work.

Continue all medications for blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid problems and any other conditions as recommended by your physician. If there is a question, please call our office prior to your appointment.

If you have been advised by your physician or dentist to use antibiotic premedication because of mitral valve prolapse (MVP), heart murmur, hip, knee, cardiac or other prosthesis, or if you have rheumatic heart disease, please make sure you are on the appropriate antibiotic on the day of your appointment. If there is a question, please call our office prior to your appointment.

 

After Treatment:

Your tooth and surrounding gum tissue may be slightly tender for several days as a result of treatment and the previous condition of your tooth. This tenderness is normal and is no cause for alarm.

Do not chew food on the affected side until your endodontic therapy is completed and your tooth is covered with a protective restoration provided by your restorative dentist.

You may continue your regular dental hygiene regimen. Discomfort may be alleviated by taking Ibuprofen (Advil) or Tylenol as recommended. 

Endodontic treatment has now been completed. The root canal system has been permanently sealed. However, the outer surface is sealed with a temporary restoration. A follow-up restoration must be placed to protect your tooth against fracture and decay. Please call your general dentist within the next month for an appointment. A complete report of treatment will be sent to his or her office.

Your tooth is more prone to fracture immediately after endodontic treatment. You should chew on the other side until your general dentist has placed the final restoration.