What to Expect After a Root Canal Procedure
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Post Root Canal Procedure

Following an endodontic procedure, it’s important to have an idea about what to expect in terms of any next required steps, sensations you may experience, and how you can continue to care for your treated tooth to ensure its health for as long as possible.

Below, we answer three common questions that patients have about what to expect after endodontic treatment:

Do I need to have anything else done to my tooth after my root canal?

If you haven’t already had a crown fitted to your tooth to protect it from further damage, you’ll most likely be recommended to see the dentist no more than two weeks after your treatment to have it placed. In some cases, however, crowns aren’t necessary (usually when treating with incisors and canines) – and a special permanent filling should be enough to seal the tooth. Sometimes, a post will be included into the restoration.

Is it normal to experience some sensitivity or pain with my treated tooth?

It is possible that you may experience some sensitivity after your root canal procedure. Luckily, this discomfort is temporary and can be effectively managed with the use of over-the-counter pain medications. Antibiotics may also be used for relief in some cases when recommended. Though extremely rare, if you experience any severe pain that persists for more than a few days, contact your dentist or endodontist right away.

How can I care for my treated tooth?

For a treated tooth that is awaiting restoration with a crown, it’s important to refrain from biting or chewing with that tooth until it receives protection. Continue to brush twice a day and floss daily to ensure the health of your mouth, and to prevent re-infection from occurring in the treated tooth. If you notice any swelling, or a pimple-like spot near the tooth (called a fistula), or if your bite feels off or uneven, contact your dentist or endodontist right away. These are signs that indicate your root canal treatment may have failed.

While the success rate of a root canal treatment is very high (up to 95%!), it’s still important that you make it a priority to take care of your treated tooth and oral health for life. It’s also important to report any warning signs you may experience following treatment back to your dental health professional as soon as possible (in the rare event that something goes wrong). By taking care, you’ll be doing a huge favor for your tooth – which has the potential to last a lifetime after your procedure!

Have any questions or concerns about root canal treatments? Contact your Endodontist in Scarborough today! Dr. Lance Isaac and the team at The Endodontic Group will be happy to help.