What is endodontics?

Endodontics is a field that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases in the pulp or the soft tissue inside your tooth. An endodontist is a dentist who has completed at least an additional two years of intensive study after obtaining a dental degree. They practice endodontics exclusively. A board certified (Diplomate) endodontist is one who has taken and passed a rigorous additional series of exams administered by the American Board of Endodontics (ABE), the certifying board for our specialty recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA).

What happens during endodontic treatment?

With a thorough examination, we will establish a diagnosis and explain to you the nature of your endodontic problem (if you have one) and plan an appropriate treatment sequence. We will take multi-view x-rays and begin treatment immediately if your discomfort level warrants it. We will perform needed conventional endodontic treatment or surgical treatment when necessary. You will then re-visit your family dentist for the final restoration procedures (crown, bridge, etc.). We will re-examine you periodically until your tooth is completely healed.

Will the treatment hurt?

We will take every measure to ensure that your procedure is in no way uncomfortable. 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 3-4 hours.

Will I need to return to your office for additional visits?

Once endodontic therapy is completed your tooth should be examined periodically, usually every 6-12 months. This allows us to make sure the tooth has healed or is healing properly. Since an abscess may take two years to heal, our office will reevaluate the tooth for at least two years.

Can I fill out paperwork ahead of my appointment?

Yes, you can print and fill out your New Patient Registration Forms ahead of your visit.