After Completion of non-surgical (conventional) 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. This temporary restoration has been shown to deteriorate after a period of six weeks.  A follow-up restoration must be placed to protect your tooth against fracture and re-contamination of the root canal. If the temporary restoration is not replaced as soon as possible, bacteria will re-infect the root canal and the treatment received will likely fail. Please call your restorative dentist for an appointment as soon as the root canal treatment is completed. A complete report of treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. Included in your treatment is a follow-up examination that may be necessary to evaluate the progress of healing. This appointment will require only a few minutes and no additional fee will be charged for the first check-up visit.

Your tooth is more prone to fracture immediately after endodontic treatment. You should chew on the other side until your restorative dentist has placed a core build-up and a protective restoration, usually a crown. If your tooth’s strength is seriously compromised, your endodontist or restorative dentist may place a post and core build-up inside the tooth. Your restorative dentist will determine the appropriate restoration to best protect your tooth.

Post-operative infections. Post-operative infections occasionally occur within the 72 hours following the treatment. 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. Your endodontist will inform you if you are at high risk of infection and may prescribe you the appropriate medication.