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Common Questions

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 anesthesia to gently numb a concentrated area of your mouth. For most patients, the feeling of numbness usually subsides after 2-3 hours.

Will I need to return to your office for follow-ups after the procedure is finished?

Yes, for most root canal treatments, we recommend that patients return to the office 1 year after the procedure was finished. Our office will send a reminder notice to you when you are due for a recall appointment.

Why would I need a root canal?

Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp of the tooth becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, a blow to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.

Signs of pulp damage include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, discoloration of the tooth, and swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums. Sometimes, there are no symptoms.

Does a root canal save a tooth?

The endodontist removes the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the tooth, then fills and seals the space. Afterwards, you may need to return to your dentist, who will place a crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.

What information should I have on hand when I call to schedule my appointment?
  • Name of the dentist referring you to our office
  • Name, address, and date of birth
  • Insurance information
  • Home, work, and cell phone numbers
  • Email address
  • Tooth number, and if the tooth has had previous endodontic treatment

What information should I know before my appointment, and what do I need to bring with me?
  • Please arrive at check-in time. We have already allowed time for new patient paperwork.
  • Bring your insurance card.
  • Know your medical history.
  • Bring a list of prescription and over the counter medications.
  • Please take required pre-medication 1 hour prior to your appointment.
  • You will NOT need a ride, and you may resume regular activity following treatment.