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Many people are nervous when they visit an endodontic office because they don’t know what to expect. This section will help set your mind at ease by offering information on the entire endodontic process.
Before your procedure
Our staff is focused on patient education and fully preparing you before your treatment. Any questions will be answered before treatment begins, but the following information can help you prepare.
Your endodontic procedure will be performed using local anesthesia, which should not interfere with your regular schedule or ability to drive. Do not discontinue any use of prescribed medications before your procedure and make sure to eat a full breakfast or lunch, depending on the time of your appointment. If you have questions about the prescriptions you are currently taking, please call our office prior to your procedure.
Taking ibuprofen or naproxen sodium (Aleve) 2-4 hours before your procedure can help reduce inflammation and help manage minor pain. We recommend two tablets.
During your procedure
Rest and relax. We make sure your comfortable throughout the entire procedure. We are changing the myth about root canals, making your experience so pleasant you refer us to your friends and family.
Once your procedure is completed
Depending on the procedure that was performed, you may experience tenderness in the tooth and surrounding gum tissue for several days. This is normal and will get better with time. Try to avoid chewing on the side of your mouth with pain and take ibuprofen or acetaminophen (Tylenol) to help alleviate discomfort. Continue your normal oral hygiene regimen. If you experience severe pain or swelling, please contact our office. Our office offers emergency appointments and after hours appointments to address any unexpected issues.
Your tooth may be more prone to fracture after endodontic treatment. A follow-up restoration must be placed to protect your tooth. Your restorative dentist and endodontist will determine the best restoration for your unique situation to protect your tooth against future injury. As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk for potential problems, including nerve injury in the lower posterior teeth and post-operative infections. If you are experiencing severe pain or pain and swelling that does not resolve itself, please call our office.