After Completion of Endodontic Treatment FAQ
What should I expect after my endodontic treatment?
Endodontic treatment has now been completed. The root canal system has been permanently sealed. However, the outer surface may be sealed with a temporary restoration or a buildup. If so, a follow-up restoration must be placed to protect your tooth against fracture and decay. Please phone your restorative dentist for an appointment. A complete report of treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. Included in your treatment is a follow-up examination in our office to evaluate the progress of healing. This appointment will require only a few minutes and no additional fee will be charged for the first check-up visit. We will mail you a reminder for these re-evaluation visits.
Your tooth is more prone to fracture immediately after endodontic treatment. You should chew on the other side until your restorative dentist has placed a protective restoration, usually a crown. If your tooth’s strength is seriously compromised, Drs. Roda, Bennett or Kogan or your restorative dentist may place a post and core build-up inside the tooth. Your restorative dentist and endodontist will determine the appropriate restoration to best protect your tooth.
Are there any potential problems after Surgical treatment?
- Lower teeth and nerve injury. There is a remote possibility that nerve injury can occur during root canal surgery. Drs. Roda, Bennett and Kogan are trained to assess this possibility prior to treatment and will advise you accordingly. For lower posterior teeth, the root tips may be near a nerve that supplies feeling to the lip, chin and gums. Your endodontist is trained to design your surgery to minimize the chances of damaging this nerve. Rarely, this nerve can become irritated during the process of surgery. In these cases, when the local anesthesia wears off, you may experience tingling, altered sensation or, in rare cases a complete lack of feeling in the affected tissues. Should this occur, it is usually temporary and will resolve over a period of days, weeks or months. In rare cases, these changes can be permanent and/or painful.
- Upper teeth and sinus communication. The upper teeth are situated near your sinuses, and root canal surgery can result in a communication between your mouth and the adjacent sinus. Should this complication occur, it will usually heal spontaneously. We will give you special instructions if this is apparent at the time of surgery. You should not blow your nose for six to eight weeks after surgery. If you have to sneeze, you should sneeze with an open mouth into a tissue. You should not create any pressure in the sinus area. If you sense a complication after surgery, please contact us.
- Post-operative infections. Post-operative infections occasionally occur. This usually requires just an office visit and examination. Many times, placing you on an antibiotic for one week will take care of the infection. Occasionally, other follow-up procedures may be needed.
If you have any questions, please call our office at Scottsdale Office Phone Number 480-991-3361