What to expect after root canal therapy
Root canal therapy often takes one to two appointments to complete. A temporary filling is placed to protect the tooth between appointments. After each appointment when anaesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth and tongue may feel numb for several hours. Avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off.
Between appointments it is common (and not a problem) for a small portion of your temporary filling to wear away or break off. If the entire filling falls out, or if a temporary crown comes off, call us so that it can be replaced.
It is normal to experience some mild discomfort for a few days after a root canal appointment, especially when chewing. To control discomfort, take pain-relieving medication as recommended.
If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them as prescribed, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone. You must complete a course of antibiotics as advised. To protect the tooth and help keep your temporary in place, avoid eating sticky foods (especially chewing gum), hard foods, and if possible, chew more on the opposite side of your mouth. It is important to continue to brush the area normally.
AFTER COMPLETION OF TREATMENT
If your tooth is treated over more than one visit, it is advisable that you avoid chewing or biting down on the tooth, especially on hard foods, until your treatment has been completed. The Perfect Smile will do all we can to ensure that your root canal treatment is a success.
When your treatment is finished you should not feel much pain in your tooth but it may feel quite sore as if it is bruised for a couple of weeks or even start to be uncomfortable after several days.
Painkillers such as those you would normally take for a headache should relieve any discomfort. A mouthwash is recommended to reduce the irritation of the gum created by the clamp and the rubber dam.
The intensity of the discomfort should start to decrease. Please ensure that you arrange a follow-up appointment with your dentist in order to replace the top temporary dressing with a new filling or a crown on the tooth. Failure to seal the tooth permanently in time could jeopardise the success of your root canal treatment.
If you feel that your post-treatment discomfort is increasing or you notice a swelling of the area, please contact the surgery for further advice.
By following our recommended instructions and look after the tooth along with the other teeth, a root filled tooth should continue to function very well for many years.
We routinely arrange a follow-up appointment after the root canal treatment and this will be usually arranged either in 6 months or one year after your treatment.
Success Rates of Root Canal Treatments
Root canal treatments are performed to a high standard is a very successful treatment (with a clinical success rate of 93%). The more of your own tooth structure present (and therefore the smaller the filling), the longer the tooth will last.
Due to the nature of the treatment, it is impossible to give an accurate long-term guarantee.
Redoing a root filling (that was not done successfully the first time) has a success rate of about 50-60%. The treatment can also be more time consuming and difficult.
For this reason we recommend correct high quality treatment the first time around by an experienced dentist with a history of successful treatments.
We are pleased to advise that we have hand selected Dr. Negin Mosahebi who has had considerably success and had worked with us for a number of years. She is highly dedicated and focused in her work.
If you would like more information or would like to discuss any issues further please don’t hesitate to contact the surgery.