1. What is an Endodontist?
An Endodontist is a dentist who specializes in root canal treatments and endodontic surgery. Many dentists refer patients to endodontists for root canals and other treatments. Endodontists complete additional training and are experienced at find the cause of oral and facial pain. Root canal treatment is a highly successful dental treatment to save a tooth that would otherwise need extraction.
2. Why do I need a root canal treatment?
Teeth require root canal treatment when the pulp (the nerves and blood supply inside teeth) becomes damaged, inflamed or infected. This inflammation or infection may have a variety or causes: decay, a crack or chip in the tooth that may or may not be visible, or even trauma.
3. What happens during a root canal treatment?
During a root canal treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed. The canals inside of the tooth are carefully examined using magnification and illumination, cleaned, disinfected and filled with a sealing material that will remain in your tooth. You may return to your dentist, who will place a crown or other restoration to protect the tooth. After the final restoration, your tooth will function like any other tooth.
4. Is a root canal treatment the best choice for me?
Whenever possible, it is best to save your natural tooth. Teeth with root canals that have the permanent restoration completed can function well for years, even for a lifetime.
As with any dental or medical procedure, there are no guarantees. We will discuss your options and the chances of success before beginning treatment.
5. How much is a root canal treatment?
Fees for root canal treatments are based on the complexity of the affected tooth. We will provide a detailed estimate of all anticipated charges. The fee for the root canal treatment will include all necessary radiographic images, additional visits to complete the treatment and any routine post-operative care or re-evaluation. Any additional procedures may be subject to additional charges.
6. Why do I need a root canal retreatment?
As occasionally happens with any dental or medical procedure, a tooth may not heal as expected after initial treatment for a variety of reasons: new decay that can expose the root canal filling material, complicated canal anatomy that was undetected during the initial procedure, delay of the permanent restoration following the endodontic treatment, or the restoration did not prevent contamination to the inside of the tooth.
7. What will happen during retreatment?
During a root canal retreatment, the tooth is re-opened to access the previous root canal filling material. In many cases, complex restorative materials—crown, post and core material—must be disassembled and removed to permit access to the root canals.
After removing the canal filling, the canals are carefully examined using magnification and illumination, searching for any additional canals or unusual anatomy that requires treatment.
The canals are then cleaned, disinfected and filled with a sealing material that will remain in your tooth. You will return to your dentist, who will place a crown or other restoration to protect the tooth. After the final restoration, your tooth will function like any other tooth.
If the canals are unusually narrow or blocked, we may recommend endodontic surgery. This surgery involves making an incision to allow the other end of the root to be sealed.
8. Is retreatment the best choice for me?
Whenever possible, it is best to save your natural tooth. Retreated teeth can function well for years, even for a lifetime.
Advances in technology are constantly changing the way root canal treatment is performed, so we may use new techniques that were not available when you had your first procedure.
As with any dental or medical procedure, there are no guarantees. We will discuss your options and the chances of success before beginning retreatment.
9. How much is a retreatment?
The cost varies depending on how complicated the procedure will be. The procedure will probably be more complex than your first root canal treatment, because your restoration and filling material may need to be removed to accomplish the new procedure. In addition, we may need to spend extra time searching for unusual canal anatomy. Therefore, you can generally expect retreatment to cost more than the initial endodontic treatment.
11. What are my alternatives to a root canal?
Although many believe that having a tooth pulled is the easiest and least expensive way to treat tooth pain or infection, the truth from a dental health and financial standpoint is that saving your natural tooth is always the best options.
Teeth that receive root canal treatment can function well for years, even for a lifetime.
12. Will I be comfortable during treatment?
Many endodontic procedures are performed to relieve tooth pain. With modern techniques and anesthetics, there is rarely any discomfort during treatment.
13. What can I expect during treatment?
Most root canal treatments can be completed in one comfortable visit. You should plan for about two hours for your visit. We ask that you eat a light meal about one hour before your appointment, unless you have been instructed otherwise.
14. What can I expect after treatment?
You do not need a driver, unless you are instructed otherwise. We use only local anesthesia to numb the affected area.
You may eat after your root canal is completed, avoiding any hard or chewy foods. Try to eat on the opposite side while you are still numb.
For the first few days after the root canal, your tooth may feel bruised and be sensitive to biting or chewing. The ligament holding the tooth in place may become inflamed during treatment. Your tooth may feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your root canal treatment is completed.
If you are able to take Ibuprofen (an over the counter anti-inflammatory medication), we suggest taking 600mg of Ibuprofen with food every six hours beginning the day of treatment and for two to four days after treatment or until any discomfort is gone.
If, after treatment, you experience any severe pain or pressure, swelling that was not present before the root canal treatment or pain that lasts more than a few days, please contact our office.
15. Do you accept my insurance?
16. What forms of payment do you accept?