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Opening Hours : 7:30-5:00 (Fri. 7:30-12:00)
  Contact : 910-485-3636

FAQs

What is endodontics?

Endodontics is a specialty in dentistry involved in the treatment of the pulp (root canal) and surrounding tissues of the tooth. The Pulp or “root canal” is composed of soft tissues, blood vessels and nerves. When the pulp gets inflamed or infected by bacteria the endodontic specialist removes the diseased pulp to save the tooth and prevent further infection and inflammation. After successful endodontic treatment, the tooth remains functional and healthy.

Can all teeth be treated endodontically?

No, not all teeth can be saved with endodontic treatment. There are some teeth that are determined to be non-restorable. Examples of these are teeth with fractured roots, advanced gum disease, or extensive decay. The endodontist will make this determination during your consultation appointment.

Is a root canal painful?

Many root canals are performed to relieve the pain of toothaches caused by pulp inflammation or infection. With modern techniques and anesthetics, the vast majority of patients report that they are comfortable during the procedure.  For the first few days after treatment you may experience some soreness around your tooth. This is usually mild and can be relieved with mild pain medications. Your endodontist will give you thorough instructions to follow after treatment.

It is rare for patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond.

What is the success rate?

Most endodontically treated teeth will last a lifetime. To ensure this you should see your general dentist within a few weeks to get a permanent filling and a crown.

Why save my tooth with a root canal vs. Extraction?

Your teeth are very important in your overall health by allowing you to properly eat and function. Extracting a tooth and not replacing it can result in shifting of the adjacent teeth which can cause more significant issues down the road.

Sometimes replacing a tooth with a dental implant can be an possibility, but if you can save your natural tooth that is always the best option. Nothing is as good as your natural tooth.

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

No. While x-rays will be necessary during your endodontic treatment, we use digital X Rays that produce radiation levels at a very low dose. At the end of treatment we will mail your general dentist a copy of the X Rays used to treat your tooth.

What about infection?

We adhere to the most rigorous standards of infection control advocated by OSHA, the Centers for Disease Control and the American Dental Association. We utilize autoclave sterilization and barrier techniques to eliminate risk of infection.

What happens after treatment?

When your root canal therapy has been completed, the endodontist will place a temporary filling in your tooth. A complete record of your treatment will be sent to your general dentist.. You should contact your general dentist for an appointment to get the final restoration. Your dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth.

What new technologies are being used?

Microscopes:

We utilize high magnification microscopes during your endodontic treatment. Magnification and fiber optic illumination are helpful in aiding the endodontist to see tiny details inside your tooth.

3D X Rays:

Many times the endodontist may decide we will need a CBCT (3D X Ray) to get more detail and information about your tooth. This 3D X Ray, when needed, will help us better understand the problem and therefor aid in the management of your treatment.