What is Endodontics?
Endodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on root canal treatment and root canal related surgery. To become an endodontist we first attend dental school and become a general dentist, and then spend a few more years receiving specialized training involving the treatment of the dental pulp and surrounding tissues of the tooth. The word “endodontic” comes from “endo” which means “within” and “odont” means tooth. Or within the tooth.
Will it hurt? I have trouble getting numb.
We are the home of Sedation Endodontics. Sedation endodontics means we have special training in several levels of sedation including advanced techniques in traditional local anesthetics to help insure you are numb and out of pain. We also offer other forms of sedation include Nitrous Oxide and IV Sedation. For those of you who want to be totally asleep during your procedure we offer General Anesthesia.
Should I have a root canal or take my tooth out?
We always recommend saving your natural tooth with root canal treatment. Teeth are worth saving. In cases where that’s not possible however, due to a clinical problem such as a fractured or cracked root, or there is not enough healthy tooth structure left to restore the tooth, extraction would be necessary.
What is a root canal?
Inside your tooth, beneath the white enamel and a layer called dentin, is a root canal space containing soft tissue called the pulp. This pulp tissue contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. When it gets infected due to cavities or trauma, the tooth can be lost. A root canal treatment is designed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal. The inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled with a biocompatible material and sealed, saving your natural tooth.
Are Endodontic Treatments Covered Under Insurance?
Most dental insurances will cover at least part of your procedure – and some even cover 100%. The extent of coverage is based on your specific plan. But as a courtesy to you, we will work with you and help submit your paperwork so you can take full advantage of your insurance.
Should I Take Any Medication Before The Treatment?
You should always continue to take all medications prescribed by your primary care physician.
How Long Does A Root Canal Take?
In our office most root canal or root canal surgery procedures are completed within an hour to an hour and a half. Also due to our advanced technology and training most root canal procedures are completed in just one visit.
How Modern Is Your Technology?
We have the most advanced equipment available anywhere in this area. From high powered endodontic microscopes to 3D digital scanners that allow us to diagnose and treat any abnormalities you may have, we continue to stay on the cutting edge of technology to insure your comfort and a positive outcome.
I’m In Pain. How Soon Can I Get In?
We usually leave space available in our schedule each day for same day service. If you are in pain give us a call, we can help.
Do You Offer Payment Plans?
Yes. In addition to accepting major credit cards, we can also offer you third party financing options such as Care Credit.