Does it hurt?
Modern anaesthetic techniques can adequately numb the teeth.
There can be some discomfort after treatment, and is due to
the existing inflammation and irritation . This can be controlled
by taking painkillers.
How long will it last?
The material used will last a lifetime. But due to the complicated
nature of the canal system, recurrent infections are a constant
risk. Time spent on thorough cleaning and a quality seal will
reduce this risk.
What happens next?
In addition, a filling is required to seal the access cavity.
Due to the weakened state of the tooth, and to restore function,
placement of a Crown is advised. This will help to protect
the tooth against fracture.
The colour of some teeth can change to take on a dark shade.
Cosmetic options are available to correct this.
Eat as normal before treatment, as it may be difficult to
eat for some hours afterwards due to the anaesthetic. If you
have been taking any antibiotics, continue to take them as
per the prescription.
- Please do not chew or attempt to eat food while you are
- Take a painkiller before the numbness wears off ( usually
about one to two hours after treatment)
- Avoid chewing on that side while it is tender. Painkillers
can be taken if required.
- Discomfort in the area is normal for a few days ( or longer).
This occurs due to the pre existing infection and due to
manipulation during treatment. Discomfort should not be
of concern. It does not necessarily affect the successful
outcome of the treatment.
- If a temporary filling has been placed, it is normal for
a thin layer or bits to be chewed away between appointments.
- An unusual taste can also be experienced.
- In the unlikely event that swelling, fever, or severe
pain should occur, please call us for advice