After Treatment

Your tooth and gum tissue may be tender for several weeks following your appointment especially if you tend to grind and clench your teeth.  This is normal and likely a result of the inflammation of the ligament that holds the tooth in place. Discomfort may improve with Advil/Motrin/Aleve (if no medication interaction or allergy) or Tylenol/acetaminophen as directed. If you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled with the above listed medications or if swelling occurs, please contact our office.

When endodontic treatment is complete the inside of your tooth is sealed permanently however the outer surface is sealed with a temporary filling. This temporary must be replaced by your general dentist within 4-6 weeks after the root canal is completed. Without the final filling or crown your tooth is prone to decay or fracture.

Please wait until all anesthesia (novacaine) has disappeared before eating to prevent biting your lip or cheeks. It is also important not to bite or chew on the treated tooth to prevent fracture. Once the permanent crown is placed chewing can return to normal.

Please keep the treated area clean by gentle brushing and light flossing. It is rare for the temporary filling to fall out however it often “sinks in” over time.  If you feel the temporary falls out or is severely worn after some time has passed since your appointment, please contact your general dentist.

If Dr. Tyler has prescribed any medications please have them filled promptly and take as directed. Feel free to contact Dr. Tyler immediately if any side effects occur that prevent you from continuing your dosing. If you need to call after office hours please have your pharmacy phone number available.