Q. What is an endodontist?

A. An endodontist is a dentist who has received two years of advanced training in endodontics. General dentists will regularly refer patients needing endodontic procedures to an endodontist because of their experience in dealing with the interior of the tooth.

Q. What is endodontic therapy?

A. Endodontic therapy is the removal of a damaged or infected pulp. Following removal, the root canals and pulp chamber are thoroughly cleaned, filled with strengthening filler and sealed with a temporary covering.

Q. Why should you receive endodontic therapy?

A. There is no substitute for your natural teeth in terms of proper functionality, and endodontic therapy can save natural teeth that otherwise could not be saved.

Q. Will endodontic therapy save all teeth?

A. Unfortunately, it is impossible to save every tooth as some traumatic injuries, etc. limit the amount of adequate bone support around the tooth.

Q. Is endodontic therapy painful?

A. There is no pain during an endodontic procedure, as a local anesthetic is always used. After treatment, the tooth may be sensitive and you may experience slight discomfort.

Q. How many appointments will I need?

A. Root canals are generally completed in two appointments, though the extent of the treatment time can’t be officially determined until the procedure has begun.

Q. Can I drive myself home after an endodontic procedure?

A. After most endodontic treatment, you should be able to drive yourself home. If previous sedation arrangements have been made, then make alternative transportation arrangements.

Q. Will my tooth require special care after I leave the endodontist’s office?

A. After your procedure, avoid chewing or biting with the treated tooth. Special home care instructions will be provided by our office.

Q. What are the alternatives to endodontic therapy?

A. Generally, the only other option aside from a root canal is to extract the tooth, which can have a negative impact on your overall oral health. However, in some cases, endodontic surgery may be recommended in conjunction with retreatment or as an alternative. Your endodontist will discuss your options and recommend appropriate treatment.

Q. Does insurance cover endodontic therapy?

A. Every insurance plan is different. Check with your employer or insurance company prior to treatment to see if endodontic therapy will be covered. Our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your financing options with us.