Dental Specialists of
South Loop

Endodontic Treatment Aftercare

So, your endodontic treatment is over, now what? Once your root canal system has been permanently sealed during an endodontic microsurgery, there are several things you will need to do to avoid further complications. The seal placed on the outer portion of your root canal is temporary. Generally, the endodontist will have to perform a restoration at a later date to fully protect the affected tooth. When this time comes, our team will forward in-depth records to the restorative dentist to ensure they get the job done right.

We include a follow-up examination in the treatment we provide to ensure your tooth and the surrounding area are healing correctly. This examination will only take a few minutes, and you will be charged nothing for this service. Be sure to schedule an appointment with us for the month after treatment to let us check everything out and answer any questions you may have.

Knowing the Dangers Present Following an Endodontic Treatment

One of the first things we make sure our patients know is teeth are far more likely to fracture following an endodontic treatment. This means immediately following your procedure; you need to chew on the other side of your mouth to ensure no damage occurs. Once a restorative dentist has placed a crown over the affected area, you will be able to chew normally again.

There are times when our team or the restorative dentist you see will want to put a post inside of your tooth. This will increase the strength of the area if it has been compromised during surgery.

Potential Problems You May Face After Treatment

There are some problems you may face after treatment like:

  • Nerve Injuries to Lower Teeth – After treatment, you may have a nerve injury if your procedure was performed on the lower posterior teeth. Our team will inform you of this possibility before the treatment to ensure you know what to expect. The lower teeth are usually closest to the nerves that control sensation to your lips and gums. There are instances when you will feel a slight tingling during surgery as the anesthesia wears off. This sensation might last a few days if the nerves near these teeth were affected.
  • Upper Teeth and Sinus Issues – If the treatment is for your upper teeth, there may be a few issues with your sinuses following the surgery. Communication between your mouth and sinuses is common following root canal surgery. Usually, we will advise you to avoid blowing your nose for a few days after your surgery is completed. Blowing your nose can create a lot of pressure in your sinuses and may lead to discomfort.
  • After Treatment Infections – Another danger you need to be aware of following a root canal surgery is an infection. Usually, you will be placed on an antibiotic for a week to eliminate the possibility of an infection occurring.

During your consultation before the surgery, our team will provide you with all of the information you need to feel at ease with the procedure we will perform.


If you have any questions, please call our office at 312-356-4700

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South Loop Dental Specialists

850 South Wabash, Suite 240
Chicago, IL 60605