We try to anticipate questions you might have about our services and provide the answer here. If you need additional information please send us an email or call our office.

What is an Endodontist?

An endodontist is a dentist with special training in diagnosing and treating problems associated inside of the tooth and traumatic tooth injuries.

What is a Root Canal?

Root Canal Therapy is common dental procedure that allows a person to keep a natural tooth, which would otherwise need to be extracted. It is performed by cleaning and filling the inside of the tooth, in much the same way as a cavity is filled.

What are the signs that I may need Root Canal?

Dr. Roy has extensive training and experience in diagnosing the source of tooth pain, but here are some guidelines that Root Canal therapy might be needed:

  • Sensitivity to hot/cold
  • Sensitivity when biting
  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • Swelling or tenderness in the gums

Sometimes the signs are not clear and x-rays are needed to confirm diagnosis

How long does it take?

Treatment typically can be completed in one appointment, generally lasting about 1 or 1.5 hours depending on the case.

Is it painful?

Treatment consist of local anesthesia. Dr. Roy makes every effort to ensure your comfort during the procedure. Afterwards, there may be tenderness and soreness. This usually can be treated with Ibuprofen and Tylenol. If needed, prescription medication can be made available.

Should I be concerned about x-rays?

No. We use an advanced non-film computerized system, called digital radiography. This system produces radiation levels up to 90 % lower than those of already low dose of conventional dental x-rays machine. These digital images can be optimized, archived, printed and sent via e-mail.

What happens after treatment?

When your root canal has been completed we will send a record of your treatment to your general dentist. You should contact their office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of completion of your treatment. Meanwhile, to prevent fracture avoid eating on the treated tooth until is restored.

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