Most endodontic treatments are carried out under local anesthesia. Please ensure that you have your regular meal prior to attending the office, as you may be numb for a while after your procedure. It is important that you take all your regular medications, as prescribed by your medical practitioner. Have you had recent surgery for stents, hear valves, artificial joints, or have you had rheumatic heart disease? Your medical practitioner or your dentist may have advised you to have an antibiotic as premedication, which should be taken as prescribed. If you are unsure, please telephone our office on 02 9223 0407. Your initial treatment visit may last an hour or sometimes a bit longer.
After your initial root canal visit you may experience mild to moderate discomfort, mostly on biting, which can last up to a week, occasionally longer. The level of discomfort will vary from person to person, and with the condition you present with. The endodontist will advise you on how to effectively use over-the-counter medications such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen, or prescribe pain medication if required.
If you notice a fever, a swelling or an increasing level of discomfort, please telephone the office on 02 9223 0407. Occasionally an additional visit may need to be scheduled, or an antibiotic prescribed. Your root canal treatment has NOT been completed. It is important that you attend any further appointments that have been made. Failure to do so may jeopardize the treatment success, and could result in loss of the tooth. Whilst the tooth is under treatment, please avoid biting hard foods to reduce the risk of tooth fracture.
The endodontist has now closed off the root canal system, Your root canal treatment has been completed. The endodontist will send a report with relevant radiographs attached back to your general dentist.
It is important that you contact your general dentist without delay, to arrange for the final restoration. Failure to do so may jeopardize the treatment success, and could result in loss of the tooth. Until the tooth is restored, please avoid biting hard foods to reduce the risk of tooth fracture.