After Treatment

Do not chew or bite on the treated tooth until you have had it restored by your dentist.

Do not eat anything until the numbness in your mouth wears off. This will prevent you from biting your cheek or tongue.

Be sure to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would

If the opening in your tooth was restored with a temporary filling material, it is not unusual for a thin layer to wear off in-between appointments. However, if you think the entire filling has come out, contact our office.

Contact our office right away if you develop any of the following:

  • A visible swelling inside or outside of your mouth
  • An allergic reaction to medication, including rash, hives or itching (nausea is not an allergic reaction)
  • A return of original symptoms
  • Your bite feels uneven

For Emergency Treatment, or if the Root Canal was not completed

Be certain to take the recommended medications religiously, especially the Aleve or Motrin as it helps reduce and heal the cause of the pain, inflammation, as well as reducing the pain. Be certain to take the full course of antibiotics, if prescribed. Call us if you are not feeling significantly better than when you came in today, even if you are just concerned or have further questions about your treatment. Your tooth will not return to a totally asymptomatic state until we finish the root canal treatment at your next appointment.

For completed root canal

There is a wound at the end of your tooth that must heal now that we have finished treatment, so it is very normal for your tooth to be sore, reaching a peak within 48 hours and getting better every day until 30 days has passed, after which it should feel much like your other teeth in terms of pain to chewing pressure. It is normal for there to be a different awareness when you chew with this tooth after 30 days, but after 2-3 months it should be hard to tell where we did the root canal treatment.

If you have increasing pain at 2-4 days after treatment call us immediately!

In that case, you are one of the unlucky 2-3% of our patients who experience one last infectious flare-up before the wound heals. If this happens a routine antibiotic regiment will resolve the problem with no decrease in the ultimate outcome. It is rare, so we would be overmedicating 97-98% of our patients if we gave all of them antibiotics after treatment. Finally, be certain to have the final restoration placed in the tooth by your general dentist within 30 days or our treatment will be compromised, possibly requiring retreatment.

The best dentist visit I have ever had! Everybody was fabulous and made me feel very welcome and comfortable. I can't thank you all enough for everything that you have done for me and fixing my tooth!

Klickitat Patient

Dr. Chapman has the softest hands I have ever experienced. This along with his Dalai Lama-esque delivery had an extremely calming effect on me.

Hood River Patient

I will be pleased to provide a positive recommendation - you were all very professional and put me at ease (well, as much as I can be, given my dental anxiety :)).

North Bonneville Patient

Went the extra mile to squeeze me in on an emergency basis. All is well. Thanks!

Arlington Patient

A great experience overall. I was greeted by name by the front office staff. The assistant was very professional and courteous. Dr. Chapman was responsive in treating any discomfort I felt. When I left the insurance billing was explained to me and I was welcome to contact them with any questions. I received a follow-up phone call the next day to see how I was doing.

The Dalles Patient

This is the place to go - people are awesomely caring spirits - oh, the work Dr. Chapman did was superior too!!!

The Dalles Patient

One of the best dental/endodontic procedures I've ever experienced. I felt totally relaxed and as comfortable as a person undergoing dental work can be. Dr. Chapman and the entire staff were great. 10 out of 10 Rah-Rah points. Would highly recommend his service for anyone needing to have an endodontic procedure. Waterfront Endodontics rocks!

The Dalles Patient

Kudos to Dr and staff for fully explaining what was going to happen and for the follow-up. Very professional. The" what was going to happen" portion was accomplished so I would understand and the follow-up was an unexpected surprise. Taking time to call and make sure that everything was okay was very nice. Appreciate all that was done.

The Dalles Patient

Thanks for showing me the photos of the tooth, it helps to see the cause of my pain.

Oregon City Patient

Really nice doctor and staff. Very professional.

Hood River Patient

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