Will the treatment be painful?
With modern techniques and anesthetics, the root canal process has become virtually pain free. Most patients report that they are comfortable and relaxed during the procedure.
Will I feel pain after the procedure?
For the first few days after treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive or a bit sore, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications.
Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your endodontic treatment is completed. However, if you have severe pain or pressure pain that lasts more than a few days, call your endodontist.
Will the tooth need any special care or additional treatment after endodontic treatment?
Yes, after the root canal treatment, the treated tooth should be restored by your dentist as soon as possible. The un-restored tooth is susceptible to fracture, so please do not postpone the appointment with your dentist. Otherwise, you need only practice good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, and regular checkups and cleanings. Most endodontically treated teeth last as long as other natural teeth.
In a few cases, a tooth that has undergone endodontic treatment does not heal or the pain continues. Occasionally, the tooth may become painful or diseased months or even years after successful treatment. If this occurs, redoing the endodontic procedure can usually save the tooth.
Will I need to return to your endodontic practice for follow-ups after the procedure is finished?
Yes, for most root canal treatments, we recommend that patients return to our practice 1 year after the procedure was finished. Our office will send a reminder notice to you when you are due for a recall appointment.