It is our goal to make your visit painless. The delivery of the local anesthetic as well as the type and amount used help to achieve this. If the tooth has been symptomatic for a long time, it is often more difficult to get it numb. That is why it is important to get endodontic treatment as soon as you are referred and/or before the symptoms have progressed too far. If this is the case, we will add the necessary amount of anesthetic to make sure you are numb before we begin. In most cases, treatment is pain free.
You may have some discomfort after the procedure because we have changed the environment of the tooth by removing the infected pulpal tissue for the good, and your tooth does not realize this right away. The best way to control this is to take an over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs such as, Motrin, Advil or ibuprofen, as per the doctor's instructions.
About an hour. We use state of the art technology like surgical operating microscope, digital radiography during each procedure, which considerably reduces the time .
You should not chew or bite on the treated tooth until you have had it restored by your general dentist because your tooth could fracture. Otherwise, just practice good oral hygiene - brushing, flossing and regular checkups and cleanings.
New trauma, deep decay, or a loose, cracked or broken filling can cause new infection in your tooth. In some cases, your endodontist may discover very narrow or curved canals that could not be treated during the initial procedure. Sometimes a treated tooth may need endodontic surgery to be saved.
Some root canal cases are more complex and difficult to treat than others. That is why there are specialists. We are endodontic dental specialists, who have three additional years of advanced training after completing dental school. We limit our practice to root canal treatment and other endodontic procedures. Your family dentist is demonstrating a personal concern for the quality of your dental care by referring you to a specialist who exclusively perform endodontic procedures. .
Most patient's dental insurance does cover a portion of the treatment. We accept multiple insurance plans and are happy to answer questions you may have regarding insurance. We will process all of your paperwork for you and will be able to tell you roughly how much they will pay.