Endodontic Specialists, LLC
Endodontics
Bloomington, IL
309 663-9521

Instructions For Root Canal Patients

Before Endodontic Treatment

IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation visit.

Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern prior to treatment (i.e. diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves, artificial joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you are on any medication (i.e. heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.).

After Endodontic Treatment is Started

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 treatment with us is completed and your tooth is covered with a protective restoration provided by your general dentist. You may continue your regular dental hygiene regimen. Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your root canal treatment has been completed. However, if you have severe pain or pressure that lasts more than a few days, contact our office immediately. If the opening in your tooth was restored with a temporary filling material, it is not unusual for a thin layer to wear off in-between appointments. However, if you think the entire filling has come out or the bite feels high, contact our office.

Discomfort

Discomfort may be alleviated if you are able to take ibuprofen (Advil), aspirin, or acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed. NOTE: 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 during business hours. If you develop a problem after business hours, call Dr. Sieraski on the cell number he provided you.

After Endodontic Treatment is Completed

Endodontic treatment has now been completed with the root canal system being sealed. However, the outer surface is sealed with a temporary restoration. A follow-up restoration must be placed to protect your tooth against fracture and decay. Please telephone your general dentist for an appointment. A complete report of treatment will be sent to your general dentist. Included with your treatment is a one year follow-up examination to evaluate the progress of healing. This appointment will require only a few minutes and no additional fee will be charged for this visit. In about one year you will receive a post card reminder to call our office for the follow-up examination.