After Completion Of Endodontic Treatment

Endodontic treatment for your tooth has been completed. The root canal system has been permanently sealed. However, the outer surface is sealed only with a temporary restoration. PLEASE PHONE YOUR DENTIST FOR AN APPOINTMENT. A PERMANENT RESTORATION MUST BE PLACED TO PROTECT YOUR TOOTH AGAINST FRACTURE AND DECAY. A complete report of the treatment and an x-ray will be sent to your dentist.

Your tooth and its surrounding tissues may be somewhat tender for several days as a result of manipulation during treatment and due to the previous condition of your tooth. This is a perfectly normal reaction.

For a few days you may experience mild to moderate discomfort when eating. Avoid chewing on the treated tooth until the soreness is gone. Discomfort may be alleviated by taking 2 tablets of ibuprofen (Advil), aspirin, or acetaminophen (Tylenol) every four to six hours (not to exceed 3200mg of ibuprofen or 4000mg of Tylenol in a 24-hour time period). Rinsing with warm salt water 3 - 4 times per day within the next 72 hours will also aid in relieving discomfort. One-half teaspoon of salt to an 8oz. glass of warm water is the right combination. Should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled with above listed medications, or if you develop swelling, place an ice pack on the affected area, and please contact our office. Our phones are answered 24 hours per day.

**If you have been prescribed antibiotics and are taking Birth Control Pills, you must use alternative methods of birth control to avoid pregnancy. Antibiotics may block the protective action of the Birth Control Pills. Once you are no longer taking the antibiotic medication, continue the use of alternative birth control methods until your next menstrual cycle.

X-ray examination of your tooth is important to evaluate healing. A reminder will be sent to you in one year to arrange for an x-ray which we will take at no additional fee.

Although uncommon, FRACTURED TEETH can be the cause of pulpal disease and pain. A few fractured teeth can be saved, but most cannot.

We make every effort to identify a fracture as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary dental treatment. However, many fractures reveal themselves only after the pulp had been removed or after root canal therapy has been completed.

We recognize this potential problem and want to make you aware that we are not responsible for fractures or their late diagnosis.