1. WHAT IS AN ENDODONTIST?
An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in root canal procedures. After dental school, endodontists spend more years learning, specializing and getting trained in this kind of treatment.
2. WHAT IS A ROOT CANAL?
Root canal procedures are necessary when your tooth pulp (nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue) is infected due to injury or decay. During root canal treatment the diseased pulp is removed, the inside of your tooth is carefully cleaned from any infection and filled with a filling material, then the tooth is finally sealed to prevent any future infection from happening.
3. IS ROOT CANAL TREATMENT AND ENDODONTIC TREATMENT THE SAME THING?
Yes. Root canal treatment and endodontic treatment are different names for the same procedure.
4. IS ROOT CANAL TREATMENT PAINFUL?
Endodontic treatment is performed to relieve the pain and toothache caused by the infection. With today’s different sedative options, this somewhat sophisticated procedure will leave you experiencing no pain during treatment. Some patients report minor discomfort or tooth sensitivity after treatment, which is easily controlled by over the counter medication, such as Advil® or Tylenol®.
If you happen to experience pain or pressure in your tooth that lasts more than a few days, then you are advised to call Dr. Azar for a follow-up.
5. HOW LONG WILL THE PROCEDURE TAKE?
Root Canal Procedures can be usually completed in a single visit, but if your tooth is highly infected that it needs extensive work, Dr. Azar might recommend performing the procedure over multiple appointments for your comfort and convenience. Generally, treatment time can range from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the complexity of your case.
6. WILL I BE ABLE TO GO BACK TO WORK AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
Conventional root canal therapy is completed under local anesthetic, which takes approximately 2 and a half hours to wear off after the procedure. Patients usually can go on with their usual daily routine, unless advised otherwise by Dr. Azar. Depending on the complexity of your case, Dr. Azar might recommend some post-operative rest and medication.
7. WHAT ARE ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS TO ROOT CANAL THERAPY?
Root Canal Therapy is the only treatment that saves your natural tooth. The only alternative would be extraction of the infected tooth, which is usually followed by more extensive and costly dental work. Tooth removal causes adjacent teeth to shift, interfering with your bite and jaw structure. It also results in bone loss on the long run, putting your teeth at risk of getting loose or falling off. This is why, tooth removal has to be followed by restorative procedures, such as dental implants, bridges or partial dentures.
8. DOES INSURANCE COVER ENDODONTIC SURGERY?
Each insurance plan is different. You are advised to check with your insurance company or employer prior to treatment.