Root Canal Post - Op
HOW LONG WILL I BE NUMB?
Your lips, teeth, check, and/or tounge may be numb for serval hours after the procedure. To avoid injury, you should avoid any chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has completey worn off. It is very wasy to bite or burn your tounge,cheek or lip while you are numb.
IS IT NORMAL FOR MY GUMS OR JAW TO BE SORE?
Irritation to the gum tissue can occur from dental work. Rinsing your mouth 23 times per day with 1/2 tsp for warm saltwater can help you alleviate discomfort. Injections sites can be sore for serveral days after your appointment. Over-the-counter pain medications work well to alleviate the tenderness
IS IT NORMAL FOR MY TOOTH TO ACHE?
It is not uncommon for a tooth to feel tender or even exhibit a dull ache over the next few days as your body goes undergoes the natural healing process. These symptoms are temporary (usually last less than one week) and usually repond well to the over-the-counter pain medications.
WHY DOES MY TOOTH FEEL SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT?
You may feel a alight indentation or a rough area of the back of a "front tooth", or the top a "back tooth." This is where a tempoary material was placed through the access that was made on the tooth. It is not unusual for a thin layer to wear off in-between appointments. However, if you think the entire filling has come out, please contact our office.
IS IT NORMAL FOR MY TOOTH TO BE SENSITIVE?
Your tooth may be sensitive to biting pressure and may appear to feel loose. This is a normal response and is no cause for alarm.
MY BITE FEELS OFF, IS THIS NORMAL?
If your tooth feels uneven and is causing soreness, please call our office, A short office visit to adjust the problem area usually leads toa quick dramatic improvement.
IS IT OKAY TO EAT ON THE TOOTH WITH THE ROOT CANAL?
Please avoid chewing on the tooth that had the root canal. Whenever possible, try to chew on he opposite side of the treated tooth(as brittle) until the final restoration has been placed. The temporary filling will not permanently protect your tooth for reinfection or fracture.
DO I NEED ANY OTHER TREATMENT AFTER A ROOT CANAL?
A permanen restoration is required after a root canal is performed on a tooth. Depending on the location of the tooth will determine what restoration will be be recommended, Most teeth will require some type of crown, although there are exceptions where a filling may be placed. This perment restoreation is used to aviod future tooth fractures as the tooth is "hollowed out" from the root canal procedure.