On occasion, for the first few days your tooth and gums may feel sensitive. In most instances this can be controlled with over the counter analgesics and/or prescriptions. If you feel severe pain or pressure call our office. We have a 24 hour answering service for emergencies. An unrestored treated tooth is susceptible to fracture. Do not chew with the treated tooth until there is a temporary crown. Please remember temporary fillings are not intended to last more than 3-4 weeks. Wearing a temporary filling for an extended period puts the treated tooth at risk not only for fracture but also it can become infected.

  1. Do not eat or drink for 1/2 hour to 45 minutes after each appointment. This allows the temporary filling material time to set.
  2. Do not chew with the treated tooth until it is restored by your dentist.
  3. Use warm salt water rinses (1tsp. Salt + 6-8oz. warm water) on the evening of the day of treatment.
  4. If you are given a prescription please take it as prescribed; eg. most antibiotics are taken 4 times per day – 6 hour intervals are best. ** SBE coverage for heart murmurs, artificial joints … may require pre-medication with antibiotics. Please ask the necessity for premedication with these conditions.
  5. If you can not bite, chew or put your teeth together after appointment, call our office immediately! You may require a minor bite adjustment. This will take approximately 5 minutes and should be done as soon as possible.
  6. For minor discomfort we recommend use of over-the-counter ADVIL or MOTRIN (if not allergic to aspirin). If you are unable to use aspirin products you may take TYLENOL. Use products in conjunction  with warm salt water rinses.
  7. After the last appointment a permanent filling or crown is required. This must be done by your general dentist.
  8. If your tooth is not properly restored by your general dentist within a month, with a filling or crown the root canal and/or tooth may be ruined. This could result in losing the tooth through extraction or you paying the entire fee (again) to have the root canal re-done. The unrestored tooth is susceptible to fracture so PLEASE see your dentist ASAP.
  9. Treatment usually requires follow-up x-rays to monitor the healing progress. Please call for an appointment when you receive you recall reminder.