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What to Expect after Stage III Root Canal Treatment

Aug 17, 2018

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Please follow these Post-Operative instructions as they have been designed to assist you to heal rapidly and comfortably with minimal side effects.

1.    Root Canal Treatment Stage III is the final Stage of RCT. Special care is taken to ensure the Stage I and Stage II were successful before commencing the Stage III.

2.    During the Stage our Endodontist use a special filling material called Gutta Percha to permanently seal the Root Canals and prevent bacteria from entering the tooth.

3.     Local Anesthetic used to numb the teeth during Root Canal Treatment also numbs your lips, other teeth and tongue for several hours. You run through a risk of biting your own lips or tongue while they are numb. Avoid chewing anything on the side of treated tooth until the local anesthetic (Numbness) has completely worn off.

4.    It is normal for a patient to experience some discomfort after RCT Stage III appointment, especially while chewing. You may experience a little discomfort or even a dull tooth ache post treatment appointment. The discomfort and tenderness is normal and no reason for an emergency alarm.

5.    To control discomfort you are advised to take medication as recommended by our Endodontist. If antibiotics have been prescribed, Please take them for indicated duration of days, even if there is no discomfort or no signs of infection.

6.    If you were not prescribed any pain medication by our team but are experiencing sharp pain after your treatment appointment, we advise taking over the counter pain medication. Should the discomfort be uncontrolled with pain pills or sudden swelling develops, please call our office immediately.

7.    To reduce pain, swelling or discomfort it is highly advised that you rinse with warm salt water at least 3 to 5 times a day. Dissolve a tea spoon of common salt in a cup of Luke warm water. Then rinse, swish and spit. Continue to brush and floss normally.

8.    Avoid biting hard foods and chewing sticky foods such as chewing gum, Caramels, Ice etc. Avoid biting finger nails and pencils. If possible chew from the other side.

9.    Failure to complete the treatment in a time bound manner may result in possible Re-infection or tooth fracture or re-contamination due to leakage.

10. A permanent crown or bridge is recommended after Root Canal Therapy of the tooth which may require additional appointments. A crown restores the damaged tooth and protects it from breaking in near future.

11. Any delay in final restoration(Crown & Bridge) can result in fracture and/or possible tooth loss.

12. Endodontic treated tooth can still decay. You are advised to exercise proper dental care, oral hygiene, regular brushing and flossing. Periodic examination after 6 to 12 months is essential. This will ensure us that tooth has healed properly.

Despite our best efforts, about 90 to 95% of the Root Canal treated tooth heal successfully. Sometimes a small number of patients require re-treatment to accomplish successful results. In case of any emergency please feel free to contact our office at 0091-708-780-0016 or 0091-172-401-1943.

Watch the Video Tutorial to understand how a Root Canal Therapy is performed.