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Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry
Las Vegas, Nevada

Affectionate Dental Care
Henry H. Kim  D.D.S.,
F.I.C.O.I., F.M.I.I.I.


5680 W. Flamingo Road Suite A
Las Vegas, NV 89103
Tel: 702.876.3222
Fax: 702.876.4422
hkdds@hotmail.com
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Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry
Las Vegas, Nevada
Dr. Henry Kim
Affectionate Dental Care

Excellence in Cosmetic Dentistry

ROOT CANAL TREATMENT FAQ'S
ROOT CANAL TREATMENT PROCEDURE

Root Canal Post op:

Endodontic Treatment (Root Canal Therapy)

Root canal therapy, often called Endodontic Treatment, takes one or two appointments to complete. A temporary filling or crown is placed to protect the tooth between appointments.

After each appointment when anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth and tongue may be numb for several hours. Avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off. Between appointments, it's common (and not a problem) for a small portion of your temporary filling to wear away or break off. If the entire filling falls out, or if a temporary crown comes off, call our dental office so it can be replaced.

It's normal to experience some discomfort for several days after a root canal appointment, especially when chewing. To control discomfort, take pain medication as recommended. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone. As the tooth was traumatized due to the treatments, do not try to bite or chew on that side at all until the tooth heals. Until the placement of the crown, biting on the tooth is not advised as it may fracture due to tooth being brittle and weak.

To further reduce pain and swelling, rinse three times a day with warm salt water; dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water, then rinse-swish-spit.

To protect the tooth and help keep your temporary in place:

  • Avoid eating sticky foods (especially gum)
     
  • Avoid hard foods and hard substances, such as ice, fingernails and pencils.
     
  • If possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth.
     
  • It's important to continue to brush and floss normally. Usually, the last step after root canal treatment is the placement of a permanent crown on the tooth. A crown covers and protects the tooth from breaking in the future.

    If you have persistent or unusual pain, or you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office.




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