Potential risks associated with root canal treatment:
- Definite diagnosis can be difficult
- Post operative discomfort or sensitivity
- Post operative swelling/infection
- Restricted mouth opening
- Poor healing response
- Additional treatment may be required
- Premature tooth loss
What to expect after Root Canal Treatment?
It is normal to feel some tenderness in the area for a few days after your root canal treatment as your body undergoes the natural healing process.
You may also feel some tenderness in your jaw from keeping it open for an extended period of time. These symptoms are temporary and usually respond very well to over-the-counter pain medications.
Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your root canal treatment has been completed. However, if you have severe pain or pressure that lasts more than a few days, contact us.
How do I take care of the Root Canal treated tooth?
Do not eat anything until the numbness in your mouth wears off. This will prevent you from biting your cheek or tongue.
Do not chew or bite on the treated tooth until you have had it restored by your dentist. Be sure to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would.
If the opening in your tooth was restored with a temporary filling material, it is not unusual for a thin layer to wear off in-between appointments. However, if you think the entire filling has come out, contact our clinic.
Contact us right away if you develop any of the following:
- A visible swelling inside or outside of your mouth;
- An allergic reaction to medication, including rash, hives or itching (nausea is not an allergic reaction);
- A return of original symptoms; or
- Your bite feels uneven
How long will the tooth last?
With proper restoration and dental care such as proper brushing and flossing, regular dental check-up, it may last a lifetime. After the completion of endodontic treatment, your dentists will usually advise on a restoration, for instance a crown that protects the tooth from future fracture.