Our Mission is to provide the finest quality root canal therapy in a comfortable and pleasant manner. By utilizing the most current concepts and techniques our goal is to produce the most peaceful, predictable results for our patients. We constantly strive for excellence to enhance the level of Endodontic care we provide our patients in a joyful and pleasant environment.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Endodontics is a branch of dentistry recognized by the American Dental Association involving treatment of the pulp (root canal) and surrounding tissues of the tooth. When you look at your tooth in the mirror, what you see is the crown. The rest of the tooth, the portion hidden beneath the gum line, is called the root. Though the outer portion of the root is a hard tissue called dentin, the inside channel or “root canal” contains a pulp of soft tissue, blood vessels and nerves. Bacteria that are introduced into the pulp as a result of tooth decay, periodontal disease, tooth fracture or other problems, can severely damage the pulp. When that happens, an endodontic specialist removes the diseased pulp to save the tooth and prevent further infection and inflammation. After successful endodontic treatment, the tooth continues to perform normally.
Endodontists are dentists who specialized in maintaining natural teeth through procedures called endodontic therapy, or root canal therapy, that involve the soft inner tissue of the teeth. In addition to 4 years of dental school, endodontists go through two or more years of advanced residency training, studying root canal techniques and procedures in greater depth offering you the best possible care in endodontic treatments. All dentists are trained in endodontic therapy while in dental school, however some teeth can be very difficult to treat and diagnose. The advanced training endodontists receive makes them especially adept at diagnosing tooth pain and treating the most difficult cases. Their offices are often equipped with the most advanced technology specialized for endodontic treatment.
Yes, if you don’t elect oral conscious sedation. You will not be sedated for your appointment. Local anesthetic will be administered, similar to how you would feel for a typical dental visit such as a crown or filling.
If you elect for oral conscious sedation, you may not drive and will need to have a companion to drive you to and from the appointment and stay with you until the sedative(s) wear off.
Yes! In fact many of our patients ask for the first appointment in the morning, or even come on their lunch break. The area of your mouth that is worked on will be numb for a few hours following your procedure, but it should not interfere at all with your day-to-day activities.
Most of our patients comment on how their experience was much better than they ever imagined. You may not believe it but many of our patients actually fall asleep during their root canal treatment. We will take every measure to ensure that your procedure is comfortable. If treatment is needed, we will first place a topical numbing gel in the area. We will then inject a small amount of anesthesia to gently numb a concentrated area of your mouth. For most patients, the feeling of numbness usually subsides after 2-3 hours. If you typically experience a high level of anxiety during dental treatment please inquire about additional anesthesia options for anxiety.