Your tooth has been treated to remove infection from within and around its neighboring boney and gum housing. The infection or inflammation may render the tooth sensitive to pressures. Typically a pain medication and sometimes an antibiotic are prescribed. Following these instructions will aid the healing process and keep you and your tooth more comfortable.

  1. Avoid pressure
    • Do not chew directly on the treated tooth or press against it.
    • Notify the office if chewing on the opposite side is uncomfortable due to constant, non-avoidable contact to the treated tooth. An appointment will be made to adjust your bite.
    • As healing proceeds, light pressure can be directed to the tooth. Frequently, this sensitivity may last two weeks or longer.
  2. Swelling and infection. The tooth was cleansed and treated to reduce the likelihood of infection. Frequently the infection has passed beyond the root to the bone and gum housing the tooth. Antibiotic therapy will be prescribed. Follow the directions explicitly. Call the office if swelling worsens or stays in the same condition. Notify immediately if the swelling:
    • points, or forms a boil
    • travels up to the side of the nose
    • travels down the neck making neck movement difficult
  3. A root canal treated tooth needs restoration.
    • Sometimes a filling can be placed if a tooth had a crown or strategically the tooth is not used in chewing. A post, a dowel-like devise, is placed to reinforce the tooth.
    • Frequently a crown with a post are placed to strengthen the tooth to prevent fracture.

A temporary restoration is in place. Contact the office if it is lost.