What to expect when you come for treatment.
One of the doctor's assistants will escort you to a treatment room. They will need to take an x-ray and will discuss your symptoms with you.
X-rays are a necessary part of the diagnosis, treatment, and post- treatment procedures. The placement of the x-ray film in your mouth might be different than that of your general dentist because the doctor’s assistant takes the x-ray picture from unique angles.
The doctor will enter the room and begin the process of numbing the area to offer you a the highest comfort level possible.
If you are concerned about the numbing injections please talk to us about the use of sedation.
When the area is numb, the doctor will sit down and begin the process of the root canal treatment.
During this time it is important to the success of the root canal treatment that you remain still, relaxed and do your best to stay open. If you should need to rest for any reason, just raise your hand.
Post-treatment discomfort can last for several weeks.
Usually the second and third days after the procedure are the most tender. We’ll suggest that you take Motrin (Ibuprofen or Advil) and prescription pain medication, if needed, when you leave. It is important to take the Motrin at meal times (3-4 times a day with food until the tooth is no longer painful). If the Motrin is not enough to keep you comfortable, you may take the other prescription medication you will be given along with the Motrin. Most pain medication may make you sleepy. If you need to be alert (driving, operating heavy machinery) don’t take anything other than Motrin. Also, don’t mix the pain medication with alcohol.
After the third day the area may still feel tender. This is the natural process of the healing cycle and it will gradually go away. We all heal at different rates.
If you are concerned don’t hesitate to call the office at 778-7181.