not eat anything until the numbness in your mouth
wears off. This will prevent you from biting your
cheek or tongue.
not chew or bite on the treated tooth until you have
had it restored by your dentist.
sure to brush and floss your teeth as you normally
the opening in your tooth was restored with a temporary
filling material, it is not unusual for a thin layer
to wear off in-between appointments. However, if you
think the entire filling has come out, contact your
your endodontist right away if you develop any of
a visible swelling inside or outside of your mouth;
an allergic reaction to medication, including
rash, hives or itching (nausea is not an allergic
a return of original symptoms; or
your bite feels uneven.
Care of Your Tooth
Root canal treatment is only one step in returning your
tooth to full function. A proper final restoration of
the tooth is extremely important in ensuring long-term
your dentist within two weeks to arrange your next appointment.
If your tooth is being treated in more than one visit
by an endodontist, do not return to your dentist for
the final restoration until the root canal treatment
the Future Holds
The tooth that has had appropriate endodontic treatment
followed by a proper restoration can last as long as
your other natural teeth. After the tooth has been restored,
you need only practice good oral hygiene, including
brushing, flossing, regular checkups and cleanings.
dentist or endodontist may periodically x-ray the tooth
to ensure that healing has occurred. Occasionally, a
tooth that has undergone endodontic treatment does not
heal or pain continues. At times, the tooth may become
painful or diseased months or even years after successful
treatment. Often when this occurs, repeating the endodontic
procedure can save the tooth.