Root canal therapy often takes two or more appointments to complete depending on the severity of infection. At the start of treatment your dentist may isolate the tooth with a rubber dam to prevent salivary contamination of the canal system and protect you from the irrigants used during the procedure. A temporary filling or crown is placed to protect the tooth between appointments. After each appointment when anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment.
If you require more than just a regular cleaning your Dentist /Hygienist may prescribe a deep cleaning (Scaling and Root Planing).It is usually done in sections. One half of the mouth is cleaned in one session & you will have to come back for the other half,usually not more than a week later. First the teeth & the gums are anaesthetized then the teeth are cleaned using a combination of ultrasonic & hand instruments. It is normal to experience cold & hot sensitivity after the appointment. Your teeth may even be sensitive to chewing. Your gums will be sore and may bleed.
Teeth may crack when subjected to stress of chewing hard foods or ice, or biting on an unexpected hard object. Teeth may or may not have any restorations, but teeth restored with large silver alloy restorations are the most susceptible.
Any of the following symptoms or signs can be present:
TREATMENT OF A SIMPLE CRACK: Most cracked teeth can be treated by the simple placement of a crown on the tooth. When the tooth is prepared for the crown, the pain usually subsides with the temporary placement. If this is the case with your tooth, we will place the final restoration usually without a problem on your next appointment and the condition should be solved.
TREATMENT OF A COMPLEX CRACK: Occasionally the tooth cracks deep into the pulp (nerve). If the pain persists after the placement of the temporary crown, you may have a very deep crack reaching into the pulp of the tooth. Please call us, this may require an endodontic treatment (Root Canal Treatment) before the final crown is placed. This procedure will require additional visits before the final crown placement.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call our office.