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American Association of Endodontists

 

American Dental Association

 

 
 

What is an endodontist?

Endodontists are dentists with at least two additional years of advanced specialty education in diagnosis and root canal treatment. Because they limit their practices to endodontics, they treat these types of problems every day. They use their special training and experience in treating difficult cases, such as teeth with narrow or blocked canals, or unusual anatomy. Endodontists may use advanced technology, such as operating microscopes, ultrasonics and digital imaging, to perform these special services.

How is root canal treatment performed?

Root canal treatment usually can be completed in one or two visits.  Treatment begins by thorough and complete anesthesia of the tooth and surrounding gum and bone. Once this is satisfactorily obtained, a small opening is made in the crown.  The diseased pulp tissue is removed, and an inert FDA approved filling material is placed in the tooth.  After your root canal treatment has been completed, you will need to return to your dentist to complete the restoration of the tooth.  Usually he will place a crown on the tooth. 

  

Is a root canal painful?

Root canal treatment usually involves no more discomfort than a routine filling appointment.  In fact, most endodontic treatment relieves pain.  Stories of painful root canals are leftover from the days before modern techniques and effective anesthetics.

How much will root canal treatment cost?

In general, root canal treatment is much less expensive and time consuming than extraction and replacement with an artificial tooth.  The fees associated with root canal therapy are based on the difficulty and time involved in treating the tooth.  Typically molar teeth, retreatments or surgery require more sophisticated treatment.  The fee quoted will include your root canal treatment, and routine postoperative care. 

Endodontic fees are due on the day of service.  Most dental insurance policies cover a portion of root canal treatment and follow up care.  Although, you are responsible for the fee; we will gladly submit any insurance claim for you.  We want to help you maximize your insurance benefits.

What should I do if I have insurance?

If you have dental insurance, please call us so we can determine your benefits before you arrive.  We want to assist you so you can maximize your insurance benefits.

What should I do before I come to the appointment?

Call our office if an appointment has not been made or if you have any questions or concerns about your treatment or payment options.

Please bring a list of your current medications.

If you have a medical condition that may be of concern, please alert us prior to root canal treatment or surgery (i.e. diabetes, high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.).

Patients under 18 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian at their first appointment.