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Common Questions

Will the treatment be painful?

We will take every measure to ensure that your procedure is in no way uncomfortable or painful. If treatment is needed, we will inject a small amount of anesthesia to gently numb a concentrated area of your mouth. For most patients, the feeling of numbness usually subsides after 2-3 hours.

Will I need to return to your office for follow-ups after the procedure is finished?

Yes, for most root canal treatments, we recommend that patients return to the office 1 year after the procedure was finished. Our office will send a reminder notice to you when you are due for a recall appointment.

What Are Post-Treatment Instructions?

Your root canal has either been started and/or completed. It is normal for your tooth to be sore for a few days and could continue for a few weeks, but will subside daily and should feel back to normal by the fourth week. If this is not the case, please contact our office.

A temporary filling has been placed and your tooth is very susceptible to fracture. As soon as your root canal has been completed, please schedule an appointment with your general dentist to have a filling or crown placed.

Some basic guidelines to follow:
· You may take up to 800mg of Ibuprofen every 6-8 hours if needed for discomfort. Warm salt water rinses (1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water) may also help.
· Please do not chew on the treated tooth; it could cause the tooth to fracture beyond repair.
· Do not eat anything that is hard (such as nuts) or chewy (such as caramel). Soft foods will also provide less discomfort during chewing if discomfort is present.
· In some rare cases when infection is present, you might have swelling. If this occurs please call the office.
· If you have or are given a prescription for an antibiotic, please finish as directed.

If you have any concerns, please feel free to call our office at (248) 288-3588.

If it is an emergency and our office is closed, you may still reach Dr. Danielson by calling our office number.