In the process of root canal treatment, patients typically will need follow-up care after the initial procedure. Not only will your endodontist want to examine you at least once following a root canal to make sure that there are no unexpected complications, but you will also need to see your general dentist in order to have a crown placed on the treated tooth. This is necessary because those teeth are more susceptible to breakage following a root canal.
You should also be aware of the signs that a problem may have developed following your root canal treatment. Your endodontist will educate you on the symptoms that may indicate some sort of complication. If you notice any such symptom, you should contact the office as soon as possible to see if you need to be evaluated.
A root canal typically fixes the problem it was intended to address, so most patients will not need more than a few follow-up sessions. Sometimes the initial root canal in unsuccessful, however, and in those instances, the treatment may need to be repeated.to achieve the desired treatment goals.
You should not expect to experience any discomfort during any of these follow-up visits. Your tooth will merely be examined to make sure you are healing as expected and you haven’t developed any complications. In reality, you should not experience any significant discomfort during the root canal itself, although many patients believe otherwise. People who have actually undergone root canal treatment report that any sensations during the procedure are quite similar to having a cavity filled.
Follow-up appointments should not be terribly time-consuming or disruptive to your routine either, although you should expect to spend some amount of time with your general dentist getting the restoration.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the office of Dr. Deborah Loth at 817-737-3000.