You may return to work the same day or next day, depending on your level of comfort. We will be glad to provide you a work or school note upon request.
We do not use general sedation, only local anesthetic (such as the type used at your dentist), and nitrous oxide upon request. Your face will feel partially numb for awhile after treatment until the anesthetic wears off, and you may have some pain afterwards. If you have been given pain medication, you may not drive or operate heavy machinery or other equipment until you are no longer taking the medication. You may want to bring a driver with you to drive you home after the appointment, but it is not required. Please discuss your pain concerns with Dr. Wilson during the consultation.
In most cases, mild discomfort following each treatment can usually be controlled with Advil, Tylenol, or prescribed medication. Your tooth should improve a little bit every day. If for some reason you do not feel it is getting better, if the pain lasts more than a few days, or if you have severe pain, call our office. Remember, if your tooth hurt before you came in for treatment, it may take awhile to heal and feel normal again.
During the first few days of healing, just try to avoid biting or chewing in the treated area. If you had a severe infection, we may leave your tooth open to drain and ask you to return to our office in a few days to complete treatment. If medication was prescribed, please take it as directed.
Yes. When we complete your root canal therapy, we put a temporary filling in your tooth. It needs a permanent restoration such as filling or crown, which will be provided by your dentist. Give your tooth about 3 to 4 weeks before going back to see your dentist. The amount of time will vary with your situation, which Dr. Wilson will discuss with you. Please see your dentist promptly within the recommended timeframe after therapy, as the temporary filling will loosen with time.
Whether you need to return will depend on your individual case. Your tooth may be examined in six months to a year, to be certain it has healed properly.
Your restored tooth can last a lifetime. Just like your other teeth, it needs good dental care, such as brushing, flossing, a nutritious diet and regular visits to your dentist.