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 is sealed with a temporary restoration. A permanent restoration must be placed by your General Dentist (within 30 days) to protect your tooth against fracture and decay. A complete report of treatment will be sent to your General Dentist. Dr. Wright may want to see you for a follow-up examination to evaluate the progress of healing. This appointment will require only a few minutes and no additional fee will be charged.
Your tooth is more prone to fracture immediately after endodontic treatment. You should chew on the other side until your General Dentist permanently restores your tooth.
Are there any potential problems after treatment?
- Lower teeth and nerve injury. There is a slight possibility that nerve injury can occur during root canal surgery to the lower posterior teeth. Dr. Wright is 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. Dr. Wright 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. We prefer that you don’t blow your nose for two to three days 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. If your tooth is infected prior to root canal treatment, occasionally a post-operative infection may occur 1-2 days later. Some swelling and/or pain may become evident. If this happens, please contact the office. Many times placing you on an antibiotic for one week will take care of the infection. Occasionally, other follow-up procedures will be needed.