After Completion of Endodontic Treatment
Endodontic treatment has now been completed. The root canal system has been permanently sealed. In some cases Dr. Rowan will be asked by your dentist to place a permanent build-up or filling on top of your root canal. This will sometimes suffice as the final restoration. Most of the time, however, you will need to return to your dentist for fabrication of a permanent crown. This will help to protect the tooth against fracture or decay in the future. In other situations your general dentist will place this build-up or filling himself / herself.
Please telephone your restorative dentist to arrange for this next step in your care. A complete report of treatment performed by Dr. Rowan will be sent to your restorative dentist.
In most cases, the gum tissue in the area of the root canal and the tooth itself will be slightly tender for several days or even several weeks. Generally, taking Ibuprofen (Advil) or Naproxen sodium (Aleve) is advised for the first few days to help releive the discomfort and speed the healing. Occasionally, Dr. Rowan will prescribe an antibiotic to be taken for about one week following treatment.
Post-operative infections. Post-operative infections occasionally occur. This usually requires just an office visit and examination. Many times placing you on an antibiotic for one week will take care of the infection Occasionally, other follow-up procedures will be needed.
If you have any questions, please call our office at Merced Office Phone Number 209-723-5454