Your Trusted Dentist in Rochester Hills MichiganDr. Samer Obeid D.M.D. - Oakridge Dental Center
Instructions Following Root Canal
Anesthetic: You were numbed today for this procedure, so please wait until the numbing wears off before chewing, eating, or drinking. Please wait before ingesting anything hot especially, so you don’t run the risk of burning the inside of your mouth (2-2.5 hours).
Eating and Drinking: Once the numbness is gone, you may eat and drink fairly normal. Today we placed a temporary on the tooth of the root canal, so you must refrain from eating anything crunchy, hard, or sticky in that area to avoid breaking or dislodging the temporary material/crown. The healing process occurs much more quickly if you do not chew on it immediately.
Brushing and Flossing: You may stay consistent with your normal brushing routine twice a day, but please do not floss on either side of the tooth where the procedure was done. Once you have your permanent crown in place, then you may floss normally.
Temporary Filling: If we have placed a temporary filling on your tooth; this means you will be coming back to the office after the root canal heals to have your crown preparation done. This temporary material is a weak substance, and can easily be chipped apart or broken completely if you chew on it with something hard or sticky. If a piece of the material or all of it has broken off, call the office immediately to come in and place a new one. If it happens to break when the office is closed, we will be sure to get you into the office as soon as we open again. But in the meantime, you can visit your nearest pharmacy to find some temporary filling material, and place a dab on the tooth to hold it over until you have an opportunity to see us at our office. It is vital that you come back to the office to have your crown preparation done as soon as the tooth is healed. The longer you wait, the more chances you have of the tooth contracting more infection, which could possibly mean a re-treatment of the root canal; this is not only costly but also painful.
Temporary Crown: If we have placed a temporary crown on your tooth; this means you are one step ahead of the game. During your root canal procedure, your tooth was strong enough to withstand the additional procedure of a crown preparation. The temporary crown that was placed today is made of soft acrylic, and attached with a weak adhesive purposely, so it can be easily removed when it comes time to place your permanent crown. You must refrain from eating anything hard or sticky on the temporary crown, to avoid chipping, breaking, or dislodging the crown. This temporary does not reflect the actual color, shape, or fit of your permanent crown.
Discomfort: It is completely normal to feel some discomfort for a few days after your root canal procedure. This feeling could last up to a week after your appointment, but should subside shortly after that. For any pain that you feel, you may take over the counter drugs such as Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Acetaminophen (Tylenol), etc., unless prescribed a specific medication to take for pain. To help with the achy feeling on your gum line, you may mix ½ teaspoon of salt and warm water to swish three times a day. If over the counter medication is not helping with your pain, please call our office so we can do our best to accommodate you and make you comfortable.
Sensitivity: Some sensitivity is normal at the site of the root canal, it should subside in a few days after the procedure. If you are having more sensitivity after a week, please call our office. The bite of your temporary material/crown could be “high” or off and we would need to adjust it. This is a quick fix in the office, and you will not need to be numbed for this adjustment. If you are a patient who grinds their teeth, you are more likely to have sensitivity for a longer period of time. After this procedure, please wear your night guard as instructed by Dr. Obeid to help reduce this sensitivity.
Antibiotics: You may have been prescribed antibiotics to take after this procedure to help reduce the risk of another infection in the tooth. It is important that you follow the instructions set forth by Dr. Obeid regarding your antibiotics. Please complete the entire prescription, even if it seems like all of the signs and symptoms of infection are gone. If you don’t finish the duration of antibiotics and the infection is still lingering in your body, it is possible the infection could come back, even after your thorough root canal treatment.
After Your Permanent Crown Is Placed the permanent crown will take about two weeks to be made and shipped back to us, so your appointment should be made after your appointment today. This crown will be cemented with a much stronger and permanent adhesive, but should not be chewed on for 24 hours so it can set properly.
You may eat 1-1.5 hours after your appointment; this is just the crucial initial time that the crown should be allowed to set without any eating whatsoever. There is no numbing in this appointment, so once the setting time has passed you may eat and drink like normal. It is important to be consistent with daily oral hygiene, brushing twice a day and flossing daily will help you protect the investment you have made in your tooth.
There is still tooth structure where the crown ends, so decay is still possible underneath your permanent crown. As long as you take proper care of this crown, it could last you in perfect condition for several years.