Root Canal Treatment Initial Visit After Care Instructions

Jun 24, 2014   //   by Bituin   //   After Care  //  No Comments

Most of the time, a root canal treatment (RCT) is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort.  Many people are in pain prior to getting RCT because of the infection in the roots of the tooth.  Actually, with proper anesthesia, most patients report that RCT is not any more painful than having a tooth filled.  Fortunately, dentistry has developed new techniques for delivering local anesthetics painlessly. These techniques also assure that the anesthetics act more rapidly and produce a more “profound” level of anesthesia. 

Initial Visit

1.  Your tooth and surrounding gum tissue may be slightly tender for several days as a result of root canal treatment because cleaning the root canals may cause inflammation of the tissue surrounding the tooth.   Although the nerves inside the tooth have been removed, there are still many nerves outside the roots.   Often, the amount of discomfort after the root canal is dependent on the kind and the type of infection you had when you presented for treatment.  Please be patient with this process as it can take up to several days to a few weeks for proper resolution of symptoms.  Most often, any remaining symptoms from the tooth will resolve in time.

2.  To control discomfort, we recommend that you take an over-the-counter pain reliever, following label directions.  This will usually help keep you comfortable in the presence of mild pain.  In general, teeth that are severely infected or present with a swelling have more discomfort after the treatment and may require stronger pain medication.If the pain medication prescribed does not seem to work for you, do not increase the number of doses you take or decrease the interval between doses.  Call your dentist instead, and also call if you have medicine allergies. Alcohol intake is not advised while taking any of these medications.  It may be counterproductive and cause problems. 

3.  Do not chew food on the affected side until your root canal therapy is completed.   Between appointments a temporary medicated filling (and it takes about half an hour to harden) or crown is placed.   Therefore, the tooth is in a very weak state.  Avoid chewing on this tooth as much as possible.  If a large temporary filling has been place in the treated tooth, we recommend that you avoid flossing around the treated tooth to prevent dislodging the filling.  You may continue your regular dental hygiene regimen.

4.  If anesthesia was used, the area may be numb for several hours.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at any of our contact details below:
ATC 880-0102 | MEGAMALL 638-6929 | SHANGRI-LA 638-9244 | MAKATI 856-1963
SOUTHMALL 800-9792 | DASMARINAS (046) 481-9827

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