After Completion of 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 filling, unless a permanent restoration was placed in our office. *If you have a temporary filling placed by us, to avoid a fracture of the tooth a restoration should be placed by your general dentist. A crown may be required. It is okay to wait for a few weeks to let the tenderness diminish before proceeding. Schedule an appointment with your dentist in a month or so (or per your Dentist’s recommendation). In most cases it is NOT URGENT to have a crown placed immediately.
Your tooth is more prone to fracture immediately after endodontic treatment. Your restorative dentist and endodontist will determine the appropriate restoration to best protect your tooth. Please follow the general instructions carefully.
Are There Any Potential Problems After Treatment?
- Lower teeth and nerve injury. There is a slight possibility that nerve injury can occur during root canal surgery to the lower posterior teeth. Your endodontist is trained to assess this possibility prior to treatment and will advise you accordingly. For lower posterior teeth, the root tips may be near a nerve that supplies feeling to the lip, chin and gums. Your endodontist is trained to design your surgery to minimize the chances of damaging this nerve. Rarely, this nerve can become irritated during the process of surgery. In these cases, when the local anesthesia wears off, you may experience tingling, altered sensation or, in rare cases a complete lack of feeling in the affected tissues. Should this occur, it is usually temporary and will resolve over a period of days, weeks or months. In rare cases, these changes can be permanent and/or painful.
- Upper teeth and sinus communication. The upper teeth are situated near your sinuses, and root canal surgery can result in a communication between your mouth and the adjacent sinus. Should this complication occur, it will usually heal spontaneously. We will give you special instructions if this is apparent at the time of surgery. We prefer that you don’t blow your nose for two to three days after surgery. If you have to sneeze, you should sneeze with an open mouth into a tissue. You should not create any pressure in the sinus area. If you sense a complication after surgery, please contact us.
- Post-operative infections. Post-operative infections occasionally occur. 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.
Opening to Sinus
Air Communication From Sinus
Sinus Communication Corrected
If you have any questions, please call our office at West Seattle Endodontics Phone Number 206-937-1010