root canal/root canal reTreatment

Before Treatment:

This procedure will be performed using local anesthesia. There are usually no restrictions after the procedure concerning driving or returning to work, unless your treatment was completed using oral sedation.

Continue all medications for blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid problems and any other conditions as recommended by your physician. If there is a question, please call our office prior to your appointment.

Please eat a full breakfast or lunch as applicable, unless otherwise instructed by the doctor.  If oral conscious sedation has been arranged then it will be required that you fast for at least six hours prior to your appointment time.  Instructions will be given to you by the doctor and staff.

If you have been advised by your physician or dentist to use antibiotic pre-medication because of an existing medical condition (artificial joints, heart condition, etc) please make sure you are on the appropriate antibiotic on the day of your appointment. If there is a question, please call our office prior to your appointment.

After Treatment:

Endodontic treatment has now been completed.  If possible, avoid chewing on the treated tooth for two hours.  The root canal system has been permanently sealed.  However, the outer surface is sealed with a temporary restoration.  This temporary filling is designed to protect the tooth until you are able to see your general dentist for a permanent filling and/or crown.  The timely placement of this permanent filling and/or crown is VERY IMPORTANT to protect your tooth against fracture and decay.  Please telephone your restorative/general dentist for an appointment.  This permanent restoration/crown should ideally be completed within four weeks of completing your root canal, unless otherwise instructed.  Should your temporary filling come out, please contact our office so that we can replace it.  You may continue your regular dental hygiene regimen.  A complete report of treatment, including x-rays, will be sent to your restorative/general dentist.

Your teeth and surrounding gum tissues may be tender for several days as a result of manipulation during treatment and due to the previous condition of your tooth.  This tenderness is normal and is no cause for alarm.  Anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen (brand names – Advil and Motrin) is recommended as a post-treatment medication.  It is effective against inflammation as well as pain.  Specific instructions on its use will be given to you at the time of treatment.  If any other medications are prescribed at the time of treatment, instructions for those will also be provided.  Please make any allergies known to the doctor and staff.  Please call our office should you experience extreme swelling or discomfort that is not controlled by Ibuprofen.  If you have been advised not to take anti-inflammatory medication, such as Ibuprofen, please notify the doctor and staff.

If you have any questions, please call our office at Joplin Office Phone Number 417-782-3636