North Colorado Endodontics
3744 S. Timberline Rd, Suite 101, Fort Collins, CO 80525
A root canal is the removal of the nerves inside of the root. Your root is still there. The roots of your tooth keep your tooth in your mouth. The spaces inside of the roots have been cleaned, sterilized and sealed with a material called Gutta Percha. A temporary filling has been placed in the biting surface of your tooth. As noted on the consent form, you will need to see your general dentist within six weeks to get a permanent restoration (filling, crown) placed. A permanent restoration will strengthen your tooth, protecting against fracture and decay. A delay of more than six weeks in getting this restoration will place your tooth and the root canal work in jeopardy, as the temporary filling will start to break down microscopically.
You can take up to 600 mg of Ibuprofen or 1000 mg of Tylenol every 6 hours. You can also use a salt water rinse to help if a pimple presents on the gum. A large pinch of salt to 6 oz water, as hot as you can take it, is the right combination. If it’s helping, you can’t use too much salt water! Remember to try to chew on the opposite side of the tooth worked on until you have it restored. Also avoid sticky or tacky foods so you don’t dislodge the temporary filling.
Please call with any questions or concerns!