Root Canal Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
answers to common questions about root canal therapy
Endodontics is one of the nine fields of dental specialty recognized by the American Dental Association®. It involves treatment of the pulp (tooth nerves) and other surrounding tissues of the tooth. This usually includes the removal of diseased, decayed or otherwise damaged tissue to save the tooth from extraction and prevent further damage from occurring.
An endodontist is a dental specialist who has completed up to two years of additional training following dental school. Endodontists are specifically trained to treat problems involving disease, decay, and infection in the pulp and inner tissues of the tooth. This includes root canal therapy, treatment for deep decay and cracks, abscessed teeth, and teeth that have been traumatized.
Many endodontic procedures are performed to relieve the pain of toothaches caused by pulp inflammation or infection. In fact, root canal treatment doesn’t cause pain but actually relieves it. Our patients are surprised to find how painless our root canal treatments are. Advanced technologies have made the treatment a more comfortable and pain-free experience. Getting root canal treatment is often no more uncomfortable than having a filling. With modern techniques and anesthetics, the vast majority of patients report that they are comfortable during the procedure. For the first few days after treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. Over-the-counter medications, such as Advil® or Tylenol®, are usually enough to manage this sensitivity.
The amount of time a procedure takes depends on a variety of factors, such as the extent of the infection. We estimate your time in the office to last approximately 45 to 90 minutes. Most root canal treatments can be done in one or two visits to our office.
Saving your tooth through endodontic treatment is less expensive and less invasive than an extraction and replacement with a bridge or implant. The cost of your treatment will depend on the extent of the damage. Our staff will help with getting your insurance information. They will provide you with a cost estimate of your treatment and will work with you to maximize your insurance benefits.
The answer to this question depends on your insurance policy. If you’re not sure if your insurance covers root canal treatment, our staff can contact them to find out. Our team is trained to work closely with you and your insurance company to ensure you get the endodontic treatment you need.