WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR FIRST VISIT
During your initial consultation appointment, we perform some diagnostic tests to determine whether a root canal is recommended. This many include some X-rays and clinical tests. In some cases, a CT scan may be taken. We discuss with you whats involved during the treatment process and the prognosis of your treatment. We review your medical history and may make recommendation for premedication with an antibiotic for certain medical conditions. If you are experiencing discomfort or “toothache” pain we always make the time to address and often times start your treatment immediately.
Most root canal appointments only a simple local anesthetic will be given to make you comfortable during your treatment. if you are anxious about your dental treatment we offer adjunctive therapies ranging from nitrous oxide to IV sedation for your comfort.
Your root canal treatment begins with the isolation of your tooth with a piece of latex or latex alternative. The treatment consists of a few steps – ( cleaning, shaping and filling the root canal system) and afterwards you are referred back to your general dentist. Most root canal treatments take one or two visits. This depends on the degree of infection/ inflammation and degree of treatment difficulty. It is extremely important to us to never rush your treatment and do the very best we can. We will work closely with you and your dentist to meet your individualized expectations.
WHAT TO EXPECT FOLLOWING ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
After the completion of your root canal therapy we will contact you to come back for a no charge recall appointment usually between 6-12 months.
Certain root canal cases may take up to 2 years to heal completely and we continue to monitor your tooth closely over this time period. It is very important to us to make sure your tooth has healed or is healing properly. If you have any questions or wish us to check a tooth that has completed treatment please contact our office and we will be happy to evaluate the area of concern.
Root canals (endodontic therapy) have a very high success rate at or above 90 percent. We always review with you in detail the prognosis of your endodontic treatment . There are certain root canal situations with underlying conditions such as hairline fracture lines or gum disease which can negatively effect the long term prognosis. We discuss with you the risks, benefits and alternatives to treatment so you can make an informed decision with your tooth.
OTHER HELPFUL INFORMATION
Information is key in making an informed decision about your dental health. You can explore the following websites to learn more about your Endodontics procedure: