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TREATMENT CONSIDERATIONS                  

 

- Root canal therapy involves gaining access to the inside of the tooth to remove diseased soft tissue (i.e., the pulp or "nerve")

- A tooth may have single or multiple roots.  A root may have single or multiple canals.  The more canals, the more involved the treatment.

- Each canal must be thoroughly cleaned, shaped, and subsequently sealed ("filled").

- This process is time consuming and may necessitate multiple appointments to complete.

- When a tooth receives a "root canal" it is architecturally weakened due to loss of tooth structure and moisture content.

- The longevity of the endodontically treated tooth is at risk without a final restoration.  Restoration of the crown is necessary for function and esthetics.  It also prevents leakage from the oral cavity into the canal system that can cause treatment failure.

- Gold or porcelain restorations/crowns are usually indicated. 



WHAT TO EXPECT FOLLOWING ROOT CANAL THERAPY

 

-  Some discomfort may be present after a "root canal".  Commonly available over-the-counter pain medications should give you adequate relief from discomfort.  Prescription pain medication may be indicated if deemed necessary by your provider; use only as per instructions.

-  Contrary to popular belief, "routine" administration of antibiotics is not indicated.

-  A feeling of a "high filling" may occur as a result of slight swelling in the periodontal ligament around the root.

-  Discoloration of the crown may infrequently occur and necessitate additional subsequent therapies to improve esthetics.

-  Tooth fracture can occur and necessitate additional subsequent therapies such as crown lengthening, orthodontic extrusion, or extraction if deemed non-restorable.

-  Temporary fillings may breakdown or dislodge.


WHAT TO DO FOLLOWING ROOT CANAL THERAPY

 

-  Good oral hygiene is a must (i.e., brushing, flossing, and mouthrinses)!

-  Avoid chewing hard or sticky foods.



NON-URGENT PROBLEMS

 

-  It is normal for the outermost surface of temporary fillings to wear over time; replacement is indicated only if the filling is dislodged and saliva is leaking into the tooth.

-  A draining "bump" develops on the gum near the tooth.

-  A "high filling" which may require adjustment.


URGENT PROBLEMS

 

-  Acute pain unrelieved by medication!

-  Swelling inside the mouth!

-  Swelling outside the mouth, especially around the eye!

-  Call our office at (405) 455-2552

-  After normal office hours please call (405) 919-8934

 

 
       
 
 


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