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 anesthetic to gently numb a small area of your mouth. Endodontists also use stronger medications to provide additional comfort for their patients. For most patients, the feeling of numbness usually subsides after 3-4 hours.
How Does the Dental Pulp Become Damaged or Infected?
The reason is simple – bacterial contamination. The harder question is how did the bacteria contamination occur. Certain types of bacteria have a normal presence in the mouth. Bacteria can usually enter the pulp through decay, a fracture in the tooth, a broken down old filling, gaps between your tooth and an existing crown or periodontally involved teeth. The time frame for this to occur can vary significantly. Sometimes it is very fast and usually painful, but also, it could be a very slow process in which the patient is unaware and no pain is manifested until it is significantly advanced.
What happens after treatment?
When your root canal therapy has been completed, original radiographs and a record of your treatment will be sent to your dentist. Your dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times- before and after your treatment.
Do you accept referrals?
Yes, we welcome referrals from other dentists and specialists. A referral is not required to schedule an appointment. We also welcome referrals from previous patients and find the biggest compliment is when our patients trust us with their family members, neighbors, and friends.
Who is an Endodontist?
Endodontics is a branch of dentistry recognized by the American Dental Association involving diagnosis and treatment of the pulp and surrounding tissues of the tooth. An endodontist is a dental specialist with additional training in diagnosing and treating diseases of the internal structures of teeth. Endodontists limit their practice specifically to procedures involving the pulp of the tooth. To become specialists, they complete dental school and an additional two or three years of advanced training specifically in endodontics. They perform routine as well as difficult and very complex endodontic procedures, including retreatment of previous root canals that have recurring disease, as well as endodontic microsurgery. Endodontists are well trained in the diagnosis of tooth related pain.
I’m worried about x-rays. Should I be?
No. While x-rays will be necessary during your treatment, we use an advanced non-film computerized system called digital radiography. This type of technology produces instant digital images to be viewed by the doctor and produces radiation levels up to 90 percent lower than other dental x-ray units.