Frequently Asked Questions

 

Who are Endodontists?
What is the post-treatment care, if any?
Is the procedure painful?
Will I be able to drive immediately after the treatment?
How many times am I required to visit for my Root Canal?
How soon can I get back to my normal activities?
Is there any insurance cover for an endodontic surgery?
What is the cost of a re-treatment procedure?
What other treatment options do I have apart from an endodontic treatment?
Root Canal Myths

 

Who are Endodontists?

Endodontists are specialist dentists trained to diagnose and treat ailments and injuries of the pulp, root canal, and other tissues around the teeth. They undergo an additional two to three years of training in Endodontics after dental school. They are also capable of detecting the cause of facial and oral pain.

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What is the post-treatment care, if any?

After an endodontic procedure, there are certain activities you must not engage in. You must avoid biting or chewing with the affected tooth until your dentist has secured the tooth with a dental crown, or any other restoration appliance. Without a restoration, your tooth will remain exposed and fragile. However, as soon as we have restored the tooth, you only need to observe normal dental hygiene procedures and the tooth will be fine.

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Is the procedure painful?

It is usual to hear patients describe how comfortable they felt during an endodontic procedure. The only little discomfort you may experience is after the procedure, when the teeth may become sensitive. This is not a great concern anyway, because we will provide you with detailed post-treatment guidelines for the care of your root canal. We will also give you some pain-relieving drugs. However, if you have pain that persists for more than a few days, do not hesitate to get in touch with us immediately.

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Will I be able to drive immediately after the treatment?

Yes. You can drive yourself home after you have had an endodontic procedure. However, if we considered sedation necessary for your treatment, you should arrange for transportation assistance.

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How many times am I required to visit for my Root Canal?

Usually, you will need two visits for an endodontic procedure. The actual number is determined only when the procedure has begun. We will assess your first visit and decide whether you need a second appointment or not. Kindly note that no matter the number of visits we recommend for your treatment, the advised cost of your root canal is the same.

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How soon can I get back to my normal activities?

Although many patients resumes work immediately after treatment, there is no defined timeline because each case is unique. You should discuss your estimated recovery time with your Endodontist.

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Is there any insurance cover for an endodontic surgery?

You should confirm this with your employer/insurance company before starting treatment because insurance policies vary.

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What is the cost of a re-treatment procedure?

The cost is usually a reflection of the complexity of the procedure. Normally, this will be higher than your first root canal treatment. Retreatment generally is more complex because it involves the removal of your filling and restoration materials in order to make the new procedure effective. Your endodontist may also invest more time in searching for irregular canal anatomy.

Although dental insurance policies generally include partial or complete coverage for endodontic treatments, some policies restrict cover to just one treatment on a tooth, and within a stipulated period. Verify the limits of your coverage from your insurance company/employer before starting the treatment.

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What other treatment options do I have apart from an endodontic treatment?

Sometimes, the condition may require a mix of interventions. Your endodontist may decide that an endodontic surgery is what you need. This implies making a little incision into the root's end in order to expose the tip of the root in preparation for sealing. There are other instances where surgery and re-treatment are both necessary. Your Endodontist is qualified to take the right decision here.

If all other options fail, the last resort is often tooth extraction. However, the Endodontist will replace the extracted tooth with a bridge, implant, or any other detachable partial denture. This will assist in restoring proper chewing ability, and prevent the stray of adjacent teeth. The downside of extraction is that some minor procedures also occur on the good adjacent teeth during extraction. This often extends the time for treatment and makes the entire process expensive.

Technology has evolved so much that tooth replacements are now very effective. However, no technology can be as perfect as natural teeth. Saving your tooth is a huge investment, and you can go ahead to enjoy healthy, natural teeth for years with an endodontic surgery.

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Root Canal Myths

It is always good to be properly equipped with the right information, especially as it concerns a medical procedure. This is to avoid forming a conclusion based on some misinterpretations of endodontic treatment facts. Whatever questions you may have on any aspect of root canal procedure, ask your endodontist or dentist so that you will have an informed answer.

Myth #1 - Tooth extraction is a good substitute to root canal treatment.

Fact: This is not true; it is often the last resort when every other option fails. If possible, it is always best to save the natural teeth. No implant or appliance can offer the same qualities of a natural tooth. With artificial implants, you usually would have limited food choices, but with your natural teeth, you will be free to enjoy any type of food you want and maintain a balanced diet for a healthy lifestyle.

Endodontic treatment aims at providing a cheaper and more effective way of treating and restoring damaged pulp. Most root canal procedures have a lifetime span, and endodontic treatment is a cheaper alternative to teeth extraction and insertion of implants. Many people that have had an endodontic treatment have regained the ability to keep using their natural teeth without any hindrance. They chew properly, have great natural smiles, and enjoy life generally. Globally, dentists and endodontists have achieved a method of assisting their patients maintain natural teeth throughout their lifetime.

Myth #2 - Root canal procedure is painful.

Fact: Actually, this is the opposite because root canal is a procedure that relieves pain. Prior to the treatment of root canal, patients already have serious toothache, which was because of injured mouth tissues. The essence of root canal treatment is to extract these bad tissues so that the toothache pains will subside.

This mindset about a painful root canal treatment started many years ago, when the available technology then could only provide a painful treatment. However, this has changed today with the modern technology and processes at our disposal. The treatment is no longer painful. Statistics reveal that a greater percentage of patients who have undergone a root canal treatment see the procedure as a painless one, in comparison to those who have never experienced the procedure.

Terence R. Dentkos, DDS, MS

Phone: (440) 268-8445, Fax: (440) 268-8443
Email: dentkosendo@wowway.biz
16626 Pearl Rd
Strongsville, OH 44136