What to expect after 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. In the mean time, you should not chew or bite on the treated tooth until you have it restored by your general dentist. Your unrestored tooth is susceptible to fracture, so you should see your general dentist for a full restoration within 4-6 weeks. Please telephone your restorative dentist for an appointment. Otherwise you need only practice good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing and regular checkups and cleanings.
A complete report of treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. Included in your treatment you may be asked to schedule a follow-up examination to evaluate the progress of healing. This appointment will require only a few minutes.
Most endodontically treated teeth last as long as other natural teeth. In a few cases, a tooth that has undergone endodontic treatment does not fully heal or pain lingers or continues. Occasionally, the tooth may become painful or diseased months or even years after successful treatment. Often when this occurs, redoing the endodontic procedure can save the tooth or alternatively an apicectomy might be advocated.