Endodontic Treatment Information

Before Endodontic Treatment

 

The procedure will be performed using local anesthesia. There are usually no restrictions after the procedure concerning driving or returning to work. A doctor is available for consultation at all times should a problem arise after your treatment.

Continue all medications for blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid problems and any other conditions as recommended by your physician. If there is a question, please call our office prior to your appointment.

 

If you have been advised by your physician or dentist to use antibiotic premedication because of mitral valve prolapse (MVP), heart murmur, hip, knee, cardiac or other prosthesis, or if you have had rheumatic heart disease, please make sure you are on the appropriate antibiotic on the day of your appointment. You only need to premedicate for the treatment appointment. If there is a question, please call our office prior to your appointment.

 

If you can take ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen sodium (Aleve), it does help reduce inflammation when taken pre-operatively. We recommend 2 tablets of either medication 2-4 hours before endodontic therapy.

 

We developed the following list to assist you as you prepare for your appointment:

Please ensure that you have your current insurance information before your appointment.

  •  Pre-medicate, if you normally do, before dental appointments.
  • Eat regular meals before your appointment.
  • If you are given X-rays or a referral card by your general dentist, please bring them to your appointment.
  • Please contact our office for any questions about payment requirements before your appointment.
  • You can save additional time by filling out our patient registration form before your appointment. For a form you can complete online, CLICK HERE.

After Endodontic Treatment

 

What should I do following my treatment?

  • With modern techniques and anesthetics most patients report that they are comfortable during the procedure.
  • For the first few days after treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications. If given a prescription for antibiotics, please take them as prescribed. Follow your endodontist's instructions carefully.
  • Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your endodontic treatment is completed. However, if you have severe pain or pressure, please call our office 208.323.1990.
  • You can expect Dr. Bingham or one of our staff to call you the day after your treatment to check on you and answer any questions you may have.

Discomfort

 

Your tooth and surrounding gum tissue may be slightly tender for several days as a result of manipulation during treatment and previous condition of your tooth. This tenderness is normal and is no cause for alarm. Do not chew food on the affected side until your endodontic therapy is completed and your tooth is covered with a protective restoration provided by your restorative dentist. You may continue your regular dental hygiene regimen. Discomfort may be alleviated by taking ibuprofen (Advil), aspirin, or acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed. Additionally, you may have received a prescription pain reliever and/or antibiotic. Please take as directed.

 

Alcohol intake is not advised while taking any of these medications. Should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled with the above listed medications, or should swelling develop, please contact this office immediately. The office telephone is answered day and night. If you need to call after hours, please have your pharmacy number available.

 

Need for Permanent Restoration

 

After the root canal system has been permanently sealed, endodontic treatment is complete. However, the outer surface is sealed with a temporary restoration. A permanent restoration must be placed to protect your tooth against fracture and decay. Please telephone your restorative dentist for an appointment. A complete report of treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist.

 

6-Month Recall X-ray

 

Included in your treatment is a six month recall x-ray taken in our office to evaluate the progress of healing. This appointment will require only a few minutes and no additional fee will be charged. We will send you a notice when it is time to call and schedule this appointment.