Frequently Asked Questions

To save your tooth, it is essential to contact an endodontist immediately. The long-term health of an injured tooth, including if it can be salvaged, depends on when dental trauma occurred, how the tooth was cared for between injury and treatment, and your body’s response. An avulsed (or knocked out) tooth is one of the most difficult to treat and must be cared for properly if it is going to be saved.

An endodontist can perform root canals, retreatment, dental surgery, dental trauma procedures, and implants. Greater Endodontics offers all these services. In most cases, an injured tooth may need a root canal. Root canals are best done by an endodontist who can treat a variety of dental injuries. An endodontist can perform a variety of other procedures, as well, including implants, restoration and more.

Teeth can usually be saved by an endodontist. Emergency surgery increases the likelihood of saving the tooth. Whether your tooth has been chipped, cracked or knocked out, an endodontist determines the best treatment to save your tooth. An infected tooth can also be lost without proper treatment. If you are experiencing any pain, you should contact an endodontist to look at your tooth and determine if treatment is necessary. However, endodontists are usually contacted for emergency dental issues such as a chipped, fractured, avulsed, or infected tooth. Timely treatment is the key to saving your tooth.

Typically, you should not eat or drink (except water) for several hours following a root canal or other dental surgery. Do not eat foods that are tough to chew following a root canal. Tough meats, nuts and other hard to chew foods should be avoided.

Stick to a bland and soft diet while your teeth heal. Any food that can increase food sensitivity, such as extremely hot or cold foods, are best to avoid until your root canal is fully healed.

Yes, you can go straight to an endodontist! You do not need a referral from a dentist to get dental treatment, however, our endodontists will collaborate with your dentist if needed.

If you think that you have an impacted or injured tooth, we encourage you to seek emergency help from an endodontist to increase the chances of saving your tooth.

Endodontists have an additional two to three years of training after dental school to meet additional requirements. The average endodontist completes 25 root canals a week, which is much higher than a general dentist.

Endodontists don’t fill or clean teeth, all of their time is dedicated to diagnosing and treating tooth pain. They isolate the tooth during surgery and use advanced technology, such as dental operating microscopes, to make the procedure as successful as possible.

An endodontist will not only make a root canal more comfortable during the procedure, but can reduce inflammation and the risk of potential infection after treatment.

The average cost of a root canal varies by specialist. The price can also depend on your location, how difficult the procedure is, and what sort of technology is used. A crown or X-ray is an additional cost.

Yes, an endodontist is the most qualified professional to perform a root canal. They can implement technology and pain management that is not available with a general dentist. In addition, dentists will refer you to an endodontist if your root canal is too difficult.

You will have the best peace of mind if you go straight to the endodontist, because they have the qualifications to treat any dental emergency.

It is normal for a root canal to hurt for a few days after treatment. Severe lingering pain can be a sign that your root canal treatment failed. While some swelling can also be expected, more severe swelling or swelling that lasts beyond a few days is not normal.

If you catch a failed retreatment early, an endodontist can perform another surgery to rebuild the area and save the tooth.

A root canal retreatment can take one to two weeks to heal. Proper aftercare is important to keep healing time to a minimum. Avoid foods that are too hot, cold, or spicy. During the healing process, you should expect some pain and swelling, but anything beyond a week or two is cause to contact your endodontist.

If an original crown meant to protect the tooth actually causes bacteria to form in the mouth, it can lead to an infected root canal. An improperly sealed root canal can also cause infection. Excessive swelling, pain or bleeding are causes for concern.

An endodontist is the only specialist who is able to treat an infected root canal, as proper treatment is essential to save the tooth. If infection spreads, it can lead to periodontal disease and further damage.

An endodontist can perform a second root canal to strengthen the areas around the pulp. They will clean the infected area and ensure there is no remaining root for the tooth. The main canal must be cleaned and filled, as well as properly sealed.

Accessory canals that branch off the main canal must be treated. It is likely that a failed root canal was caused by leftover debris from the first procedure, or improper cleaning and sealing led to bacteria growth. An endodontist can ensure that a retreated root canal is managed properly to avoid tooth loss.

If you get an infection after a root canal, you should call an endodontist as soon as possible. Emergency surgery is the best chance of treating infection and preventing tooth loss. Our endodontists can prescribe pain management and have the knowledge necessary to perform surgery on an infected root.

You can save a tooth that has been knocked out if it is treated properly and in time. To manage a knocked out tooth, you must reinsert it into the socket without touching the nerve of the tooth. You can also preserve it in milk to avoid drying out. Reattachment can occur if an endodontist is contacted in time.

A tooth can be saved for up to an hour if stored properly, but the sooner it can be treated, the better the outcome will be.

Yes, an endodontist can reimplant an avulsed tooth if it is treated within the appropriate time frame. Reimplants require surgery and depend upon factors such as length of time the tooth was knocked out and the degree of apical root formation (how much of the root is left). The best chance of success is if reimplantation can occur in less than two weeks, and there is a closed apex.

Saving a traumatized tooth depends on many factors. The urgency with which the tooth is treated makes all the difference in whether it can be saved or not. Some emergency dental procedures such as chips are easier to treat than trauma like fractures or avulsions. With an avulsed tooth, you must preserve it in a biologic liquid or milk to keep it from drying out. A fracture can widen if left untreated. In all cases, contact an endodontist as soon as possible for the best chance of saving a traumatized tooth. Our 24-hour emergency services make us a leader in saving traumatized teeth.

Our endodontists at Greater Endodontics are certified in anxiolytics dentistry, or dental procedures for anxious patients. Endodontists can refer you to a doctor who prescribes medication for anxiety treatment prior to or following a procedure. They can also offer a variety of sedation methods, including options where you can be awake, if being unconscious during a procedure causes anxiety.

Anxiolytics procedures give us the option of treating patients who avoid needed surgeries.

The Gentle Wave Procedure is an alternative to a traditional root canal offered at Greater Endodontics. It is a one-step, minimally invasive procedure designed for patients who have anxiety about traditional root canals.

The Gentle Wave procedure allows for a faster healing time and drill-free surgery.

No, the Gentle Wave procedure is not painful. It is designed to be drill free and use less incisions than a typical root canal. We use this procedure whenever possible. It is a great alternative for patients who are anxious or those who just want to use a more advanced technology.

Yes. At Greater Endodontics, all of our oral sedation is administered by dental sedation specialists, ensuring absolute safety. Dental sedation is usually mild, unlike the general anesthesia used in hospitals for more complicated surgeries and procedures.

Depending on the type of dental sedation you are administered, the effects could linger from anywhere to half an hour to a few hours. We usually suggest that patients take the rest of the day off to rest quietly at home.

It is not recommended that patients receiving dental sedation drive after their procedure is completed. Please make arrangements to have someone pick you up and drive you safely home.

No! The main purpose of dental sedation is to ensure that the patient does not feel any pain during the procedure. If you have been administered a more mild form of dental sedation, the most you will feel is gentle pressure. Oral surgery patients may be administered a stronger sedative and, although they will be conscious during the appointment, they are unlikely to remember most of the procedure.

That depends on the type of oral procedure and your level of anxiety. Your dental sedation specialist will discuss options with you before the procedure so you will be aware of how to prepare.

Each dental procedure is unique and costs will depend on the patient's needs. At Greater Endodontics, we are proud to offer competitive pricing. We work with most major dental insurance plans and offer interest-free payment plans through CareCredit.

While our goal is to always save our patients teeth, a dental implant is usually reserved for when the tooth is damaged beyond repair. During a dental implant, your old tooth will be removed, the area cleaned and prepped for the implant and then the implant will be added. Thanks to modern dental technology, implants look very natural and will restore the functionality of your teeth, keeping your smile bright and beautiful.

A dental implant procedure involves drilling, but the use of local anesthetics and sedation makes the entire appointment painless and anxiety free. Greater Endodontics has a wide variety of dental sedation so that you can choose the option that is best for you.

Dental implants have a slightly longer healing time than most dental procedures, but if the proper aftercare instructions are followed, your tooth and mouth should feel normal again in a few weeks.

If you've had an unsuccessful root canal or the root of your troublesome tooth is very infected, an apicoectomy is the best procedure to save the tooth. This procedure is a commonly performed microsurgery that removes the apex (or root tip) of the tooth and any infected surrounding tissue.

An apicoectomy is performed to alleviate the pain associated with an infected tooth and root. During the procedure, you will feel no pain as our endodontist office will numb the area and sedate you so you are relaxed. Pain is normal 1-3 days after the procedure but can be managed with ibuprofen. The area may be sore for another week or so as the tooth heals, but the pain will gradually subside.

Patients will be asked to follow aftercare instructions to facilitate healing. The area should be completely healed within three weeks and patients will follow up with their apicoectomy specialist around this time.

We offer competitive pricing at our office. As each patient's needs are different, it is best to schedule a consultation for accurate pricing information. We accept most major dental insurance plans and offer interest-free payment plans with CareCredit.

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