What to Expect

The Treatment Process

Every patient and every tooth is different. Our goal is to figure out the individual problem for each patient and customize a treatment plan for them. We will always ensure the patient is adequately numb before removing the infection.

Why do you collect so much information?

Every patient and every tooth is different. Our goal is to figure out the individual problem for each patient and customize a treatment plan for them. We will always ensure the patient is adequately numb before removing the infection.

How long does my first visit take?

A consultation visit generally lasts about 30 minutes. The treatment time for the first visit could take from 30-60 minutes depending on the needs of the patient.

Why do I need x-rays?

It’s very important to have the most current X-rays possible before treatment. Changes can happen rapidly, and sometimes original X-rays from your general dentist do not travel well between offices.

Will it take more than one visit?

Most treatments are done in two visits. During the first visit we take care of the difficult work, including removing damaged tissue. The second visit will generally be a year later, to check in on the tooth, make sure function was properly restored, and confirm there is no pain. Sometimes a third visit may be required due to severe pain, swelling, persistent drainage, or complex anatomy of the tooth.

A second or third visit does not mean you need to pay more. It just means we want to give you the best quality treatment, regardless of the number of visits required.

Why do root canals cost so much?

The fees in our office are on par with those throughout the area. The cost of treatment is due to the high cost of dental supplies and the years of specialized training to master the procedure. If the cumulative cost of your treatment is not financially feasible, consult with our financial manager. We’ll introduce you to some programs that may help financially with the cost of your dental care.

Will I need more dental work after my root canal?

In most cases, you’ll be referred back to your general dentist who will make sure the tooth has an adequate permanent restoration. Most back teeth will require a crown if there is not already one in place. In this office, a permanent filling is often placed instead of a temporary crown. If you have received a temporary crown in our office, and your root canal is completed, we recommend getting the permanent filling within three weeks from your general dentist.

What should I do if I can’t afford the crown after my root canal?

If you are unable to afford the restorative phase of treatment at this time, please discuss options with your dentist. At a minimum, the tooth should get a permanent filling and receive a temporary crown or be removed from occlusion (shaved down so you can’t bite down on it).

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