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Endodontics – Retreatment

Post Op Instructions
Your Endodontic retreatment has just been completed. Retreatment has a good rate of success, but has a higher rate of complications due to factors related to the original treatment. In order for the best possible results to be achieved, we ask that you follow these instructions:

  • Avoid chewing in the treated area for the next 48- 72 hours. It is not uncommon for there to be some discomfort for the first day or two.
  • Use Anti-inflammatory medications (Motrin or Advil every 4-6 hrs) as necessary. These can be supplemented by Tylenol #3. Do not place heat on the area.
  • Call Dr. Kaufmann immediately at his office number if swelling or severe discomfort develop.
  • If further reconstructive treatment is recommended, call your dentist today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Kaufmann will tell you if a crown or filling is required. Reconstruction of the tooth is your dentist's responsibility.
  • Delay in reconstruction of the tooth can result in contamination of the root canal filling or outright fracture and loss of the tooth. This can happen in as little as a few weeks. Do not wait. Dr. Kaufmann cannot be responsible in cases where excessive delay in reconstruction has occurred.

Remember that removal of the pulp of the tooth will prevent sensitivity to hot, cold and decay. This does NOT protect the tooth against cavities. Cavities and Fractures are the most common reasons for treatment failure.

The long term prognosis for the entire case depends on three factors:

(1) The quality of the post endodontic restoration - your Dentist's responsibility
(2) Your ability to adequately clean and maintain the restoration- your responsibility
(3) Regular check ups and recalls to assess the area. - You, your hygienist and Dr. Kaufmann.

With proper care, Endodontic treatment can last a lifetime. Reconstructive treatment is never permanent. Like any prosthesis, crowns, bridges and fillings may have be changed occasionally. Speak with your dentist about the best way to reconstruct your tooth.