Root canals are typically finished in one visit but sometimes require a second visit to be completed. After treatment, a temporary filling is placed within the hole that was made to access the nerve. It is not uncommon for this restoration to chip slightly and still remain sealed, but you do want to be careful with this tooth. Also after treatment it is best to avoid eating until the numbness has subsided. Tenderness in the area of the treatment as well as pain with biting or vibration (while using an electric toothbrush) is common. Ibuprofen is very effective in helping with this minor discomfort and should be taken as directed.
After a root canal is completed, most times the tooth will then require a crown restoration. This treatment should be completed within a month or two of finishing the root canal and without this the tooth is at risk for fracture.
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