After Completion of Endodontic Treatment

Endodontic treatment has now been completed. The root canal system has been permanently sealed. However, the outer surface is sealed with a temporary restoration. A follow-up restoration must be placed to protect your tooth against fracture and decay. Please telephone your restorative dentist for an appointment as soon as you leave our office. The temporary filling placed by Dr. Hamling will only last 4-6 weeks.A complete report of treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist.
Your tooth is more prone to fracture immediately after endodontic treatment. You should chew on the other side until your restorative dentist has placed a core build-up and a protective restoration, usually a crown. If your tooth’s strength is seriously compromised, your restorative dentist may place a post and core build-up inside the tooth. Your restorative dentist will determine the appropriate restoration to best protect your tooth.

Are There Any Potential Problems After Treatment?

  • Chewing tenderness. Your tooth will be sore to chew on after the root canal. This can sometimes last 2 weeks. This is normal, and will get better over time. If you have pain that is not alleviated by Tylenol or Advil, please let us know.
  • Post-operative infections. Post-operative infections occasionally occur. This usually requires a regimen of antibiotics and generally resolves in a couple of days. If you have any swelling after your root canal treatment, please call Dr. Hamling immediately.