If you haven’t received a root canal or an apicoectomy before, you’re probably wondering what happens prior to your treatment, and then what to expect afterwards. We’ll run through the before and after details for you.
First, you’ll fill out a form, giving Dr. Semashko’s staff general information about you, your health, and why you’re seeking endodontic treatment. Dr. Semashko will thoroughly examine the tooth and the area around it, plus take X-rays. He’ll talk to you about the history of the problem and ask if you think it’s the result of trauma or another issue. (If you don’t know, don’t worry – many people aren’t sure.)
From this history and examination, he will determine if you require a root canal, root canal re-treatment, or endodontic surgery like an apicoectomy. Dr. Semashko will also talk to you about medications you’re currently taking to ensure there won’t be any interactions following your treatment. Now, your endodontic treatment can begin.
Once your root canal or apicoectomy is completed, Dr. Semashko will review the next steps with you, including post-treatment medication.
Most people are somewhat sore after endodontic procedures, and patients can begin taking over-the-counter medications like Advil, Motrin, or ibuprofen right away. Dr. Semashko will provide prescription medication, such as an antibiotic if it’s needed to clear up an infection, or a codeine-based pain reliever for post-treatment pain. For the most part, if you don’t need prescription medication for discomfort within the first three days following your treatment, you’ll most likely not need it at all.
For the first few days after a root canal or surgery, you should only eat soft foods so that you won’t have to chew as much, which could be a bit difficult. As long as that area is tender, be careful about what you eat, and then you can return to eating the foods you love after your mouth feels better.
You’ll also be reminded that you should contact your general dentist as soon as possible to set an appointment for the necessary follow-up care. After a root canal, the tooth must be restored by capping it with a crown. As long as you aren’t sore or in discomfort from the treatment, you can see your dentist within just a few weeks.
If you have any questions about your root canal, don’t hesitate to call Dr. Semashko’s office to talk to him or his staff. They’re happy to help.