Frequently Asked Questions

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Should I visit an endodontist?

You may need to visit an endodontist if you have decay that has reached the pulp of your tooth. Once bacteria reach the pulp, it can be extremely painful and will cause the tooth to begin to die. By seeking endodontic help, you can get relief for your pain and still preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible.

What should I expect during an endodontic treatment?

Your visit to the endodontist should not be intimidating. Instead, you can expect a comfortable office and knowledgeable staff members who assist patients everyday in relieving pain and treating diseased teeth. You can expect to be anesthetized for the duration of your treatment to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. The majority of endodontic treatments are highly successful. Though results vary from person to person, there is a good chance your root canal and restoration will last you a lifetime.

Will I need to follow any special instructions after the procedure?

Following your root canal, you will need to follow a set of post-operative instructions designed to make your recovery easier and successful. You will not be allowed to eat or drink anything for at least a half hour, and you may begin experiencing some slight discomfort near the site of the procedure in the first couple of days. Be sure to avoid biting or chewing hard and sticky foods, and schedule an appointment to return to your dentist for a permanent crown or filling within 30 days of your procedure.

What should I expect at an emergency endodontic appointment?

You can expect to be seen very quickly during your endodontic emergency. Your endodontist will examine your mouth and may obtain x-rays to identify the source of the pain and determine whether your tooth can be saved. You’ll be anesthetized and given treatment on the spot. After all, when you are in pain, you don’t have time to wait.

How does a root become infected?

As stated above, apical surgery is a procedure used to remove an infection that sometimes attacks the tips of roots. This infection usually begins when bacteria colonize the surrounding bone and spread to the outside of the root. This mat of bacteria is referred to as a biofilm. When the infection reaches the tip of the root, apical surgery is sometimes required to remove the infection. While apical surgery is relatively uncommon with advances in non-surgical treatment, it is still effective in some cases.

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