After Completion of Endodontic Treatment | Sarasota FL

Endodontic treatment has now been completed (please review General Instructions page.)

Since your procedure was performed using local anesthesia, care must be taken to avoid biting your tongue or cheeks until the numbness is gone. There are usually no restrictions after the procedure concerning driving or returning to work. Your doctor is available for consultation at all times should a problem arise after your treatment.

The root canal system has been permanently sealed. However, the outer surface is sealed with a temporary restoration. Your non-restored tooth is more prone to fracture immediately after endodontic treatment. You should chew on the other side until your restorative dentist has placed a core build-up and a protective restoration, usually a crown.

A permanent restoration must be placed to protect your tooth against leakage, fracture and decay. Please CALL your restorative dentist for an appointment. A complete report of treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. If your tooth’s integrity is seriously compromised,  your restorative dentist may place a post and core build-up inside the tooth to better retain your crown. Your restorative dentist and endodontist will determine the appropriate restoration to best protect your tooth.

Included in your treatment MAY be a follow-up examination to evaluate the progress of bone healing. This appointment will require only a few minutes and no additional fee will be charged for the first check-up visit. Please call for an appointment when you receive your recall invitation card.

Are There Any Potential Problems After Treatment?

  • Lower teeth and nerve injury. There is a slight possibility that nerve injury can occur during root canal surgery to the lower posterior teeth. Your endodontist is trained to assess this possibility prior to treatment and will advise you accordingly. For lower posterior teeth, the root tips may be near a nerve that supplies feeling to the lip, chin and gums. Your endodontist is trained to design your treatment to minimize the chances of damaging this nerve. Rarely, this nerve can become irritated during the process of treatment or surgery. In these cases, when the local anesthesia wears off, you may experience tingling, altered sensation or, in rare cases a complete lack of feeling in the affected tissues. Should this occur, it is usually temporary and will resolve over a period of days, weeks or months. In rare cases, these changes can be permanent and/or painful.
  • Upper teeth and sinus communication. The upper teeth are situated near your sinuses, and root canal surgery can result in a communication between your mouth and the adjacent sinus. Should this complication occur, it will usually heal spontaneously. We will give you special instructions if this is apparent at the time of surgery. We prefer that you don’t blow your nose for two to three days after surgery. If you have to sneeze, you should sneeze with an open mouth into a tissue. You should not create any pressure in the sinus area. If you sense a complication after treatment, please contact us.
  • Post-operative infections. Post-operative infections occasionally occur. This usually requires just an office visit and examination. Many times placing you on an antibiotic for one week will take care of the infection Occasionally, other follow-up procedures will be needed.
An illustration showing an opening to the sinus
Opening to Sinus
An illustration showing air communication from the sinus
Air Communication From Sinus
An illustration showing a corrected sinus communication
Sinus Communication Corrected

If you have any questions, please call our office at Siesta Key Root Canal Specialists Phone Number 941-952-5151