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Common Questions

Will the treatment be painful?

We will take every measure to ensure that your procedure is in no way uncomfortable or painful. If treatment is needed, we will 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 3 to 4 hours.

Will I need to return to your office for follow-ups after the procedure is finished?

This is determined on a case-by case basis.  Depending on why treatment was needed, we do occasionally recall patients for up to two years.

Do you accept my insurance?

We do not participate with any insurance companies.  However, as a courtesy to our patients, we do file for insurance.  Most insurance companies will pay something towards treatment, but usually not the entire fee.  Patients are required to pay whatever is not covered by the insurance.  Usually we collect the estimated difference on the day of treatment.  After insurance has been filed and paid, we bill any balance left or refund the patient if we collected more than necessary.

Why is my tooth sore after treatment?

Inflammation after treatment can remain for several days after the root canal.  Any temperature sensitivity should be gone immediately, however, inflammation in the ligament around the tooth can cause achiness and biting sensitivity for a few days following treatment.  We strongly recommend using anti-inflammatories, such as Advil, Aleve, or generic ibuprofen, for 48 to 72 hours after treatment.

Am I finished with treatment after my root canal?

Not usually.  Most of the time a temporary filling has been used to close the access from your root canal treatment.  Once treatment is completed, we will send your general dentist a report with our digital images and information regarding your treatment.  From this point, you will need to return to your dentist for a permanent filling and, possibly, a crown.