Will my root canal hurt?
We are very well versed in local anesthesia techniques to get you completely numb.
Most patients tell us they did not feel a thing. In fact, about half of our patients fall asleep
during the procedure. And, if you say you feel something, we will always stop immediately
and address this right away.

How long will my root canal take?
Root canal treatment may require multiple visits. While it is very common to complete a root canal in a single visit, occasionally two or even three appointments may be necessary, depending on the degree of difficulty or amount of internal drainage, for example.

Once endodontic therapy is completed, your doctor may wish to examine the area periodically for various reasons, and this is determined on an individual basis. You will be sent a notice in the mail when we feel it is appropriate to reevaluate the area.

What can I expect to feel after treatment?
Well, first of all, you will be very pleased about what you don’t feel-no more sensitivity to hot or cold in that tooth ever again! If you’ve been avoiding ice cream, iced tea or your morning cup of coffee, start enjoying those again right away!

You will have several days where the tooth can be very sore to pressure and touch. During this time, Dr. Ellis will often have you take medications like Motrin or Tylenol. In most circumstances, you may be prescribed a stronger medication to keep you comfortable during the first days after treatment. Usually after several days, you will no longer require medication as the tissues around the tooth begin to heal. It usually takes 2-3 weeks for the healing to be completed so that you are chewing on the tooth without thinking about it. This is the time to get your new restoration placed at your dentist’s office.

I’m worried about x-rays. Should I be?
No. While x-rays will be necessary during your endodontic treatment, we use an advanced computerized system, called digital radiography, which reduces radiation up to 90 percent lower than those of conventional dental x-ray machinery. These digital images can be optimized, archived, printed and sent to your general dentist via email. And remember, even conventional dental x-rays use very, very low doses of radiation.

What about infection control?
Again, there’s no need for concern. 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 any risk of infection.

What happens after my root canal is finished?
When your root canal has been completed, a report with before and after radiographs will be sent to your restorative dentist. In most cases, you will need to contact your dentist’s office for a restoration to be placed within a few weeks of your root canal completion at our office. Your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to best protect your tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond.