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Your endodontic (root canal) treatment has been started
but IS NOT COMPLETE.
An additional appointment's is necessary to continue treatment.
It is not uncommon for a tooth to be uncomfortable or even exhibit
a dull ache immediately after receiving root-canal therapy. This should subside within a few days (or even weeks) This
occurs because of conditions, which existed before treatment was started.
Experience shows that if there was pain prior
to treatment there maybe a degree of pain that will continue
for a few days after the procedure. Remember that pain
radiates. You may feel sensations of discomfort that
are not related to the treated area during the healing
process. This can be created by inflammation in this area
and/or due to increase in blood volume that natural occurs
in the healing process.
will be sensitive to biting pressure and may even appear to feel loose.
This feeling is a result of the sensitivity of nerve-ending in the tissue
just outside the end of the root, where we cleaned, irrigated and placed filler
and sealer material. This feeling
will be short-lived. Warm
salt-water rinses for the next two days will help, and avoid chewing on this
side until all tenderness is gone.
You may feel
a depression or rough area (on the top of a back tooth or the back of a front
tooth) where our access was made. There
is a soft, temporary material in that area, which may wear away to some degree
before your next visit. An unusual
taste can be expected.
a small “bubble” or “pimple” will appear on the gum tissue within a few
days after completion of a root canal. This
represents the release of pressure and bacteria which no longer can be sustained
around the tooth. This should
disappear within a few days.
WHAT TO DO
not chew or attempt to eat on the side of your mouth that has been worked on
while this area is still numb.
may want to put an ice pack over area where the procedure
was done for 1/2 hour when you first get home to minimize
swelling. Apply the ice pack (or use frozen vegetables
like peas) every hour for 10-15 minutes during the first 4-6
with your head in an elevated position for the first few
nights if you do not have any physical limitations.
a soft diet for at least two days and remember not to chew
on the treated side. Avoid very hot or cold foods
during the healing process.
you take something for pain-relief within one hour of leaving our office, to get
the medication into your blood system before the anesthesia we administered
begins to subside. Generally, only
one dose is needed. We recommend
ibuprofen (Nuprin, Advil, Motrin)-800 mg (four tablets). Two to four tables may
be taken four times a day for the next 3-4 days to help control the sensitivity
in this area. If you have a medical
condition or gastrointestinal disorder which precludes ibuprofen, acetaminophen
(Tylenol, Excedrin) is a substitute, although it does not contain
anti-inflammatory properties, Aspirin and aspirin-containing products are NOT
advisable, as they tend to increase bleeding from the area that was treated.
prescribed medication (antibiotics and /or pain medication) as directed. If
you are given PenicillinVK take 2 pills every 4 hours for 48-72 hours, then
complete prescription taking 1 pill very 6 hours. Please take the full course of antibiotic medication.
If you were given a prescription for pain, it is meant to help you with
more serious discomfort only for a couple of days. Refer to pain
possible, try to chew on the opposite side from the tooth we have just treated,
until you have a crown placed, or until the access area is restored.
Until that time, your tooth still is weakened and could fracture.
not smoke during the first 24 hours and
minimize the number of times you smoke
during the remaining healing process
because smoking delays the healing
process. Avoid drinking alcoholic
beverages. Avoid strenuous
exercise for 24 hours.
crunchy foods, chewing gum, caramels, or other sticky, soft candy, which could dislodge the
temporary material or fracture you tooth.
experiencing symptoms more intense or of longer duration than those described
encounter significant post-operative swelling
temporary material is dislodged, feels loose, or feels “high” when biting
You have any
questions, or difficulties as a consequence of your endodontic treatment do not
hesitate to call 436-3491
February 06, 2008
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