Endodontic FAQ

What is an endodontist?

Endodontists are dental specialists with an additional two to three years of training specializing in diagnosing the source of dental pain, and treating pain and infection in the teeth.  Endodontists help alleviate pain and maintain your natural tooth. 

I’m worried about x-rays. Should I be?

No, with the advent of advanced 3D imaging and digital 2D x-ray images, we can see so much more than traditional film x-ray images, and with up to 90 percent lower radiation than traditional dental film x-ray images.  

Is Root Canal Treatment Painful?

No, it shouldn’t be.  Patients often come in already in pain from the inflammation and infection in their tooth.  We use local anesthetic to completely numb the tooth.  You will sense some vibration, but the treatment should not be painful.  Endodontists are trained in advanced anesthetic techniques, so even if your general dentist had trouble getting the tooth numb, we can help!

What happens after treatment?

It is normal for the area around the tooth to be sore, especially in the first 24-48 hours, but this often responds well to over the counter pain relievers.  After root canal treatment, there is no nerve in the tooth anymore, but still nerves around it in the ligament that holds the tooth in the socket.  It takes time for the inflammation around the tooth to settle down.  It is rare, but about 3% of the time patients might experience more severe pain or swelling in the first few days after root canal treatment, but all of our patients have our emergency contact information if a flare up like this occurs, and it usually responds well to prescription medication.  

We will send a report of your treatment to your general dentist, and often you will need to follow up with them in about 2-4 weeks for more definitive restoration of the crown of the tooth.  

What new technologies are being used?

See our advanced technology link for more information