After Completion of Endodontic Treatment

When endodontic treatment has been completed you will receive specific, verbal and written instructions particular to your clinical situation. But in general, once root canal therapy has been performed, the root canal system has been permanently filled. However, the outer surface is most often sealed with a temporary restoration. A follow-up restoration must be placed to protect your tooth against fracture and decay. Please telephone your restorative dentist for an appointment to have this accomplished. Usually a crown is indicated but at times a filling can be placed.  If your tooth’s strength is seriously compromised a post and core build-up inside the tooth may be neccessary.  Your dentist will make this decision.  A report of the treatment provided will be sent to your restorative dentist. Included in your treatment is a follow-up examination to evaluate the progress of healing several months after initial therapy. This appointment will require only a few minutes and no additional fee will be charged for this follow-up visit. Please call, or expect a call, to schedule a follow-up appointment approximately 6-months after root canal therapy.

Your 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.

If you have any questions, please call our office at (256) 724-3120