Endodontic FAQ

  • What should I know about endodontics?
  • Are root canals painful?
  • Are your x-rays safe?
  • Are there serious risks of infection during endodontic treatment?
  • What can I expect after treatment?
What should I know about endodontics?

Endodontics is a speciality in dentistry that deals with the treatment of the soft tissue of the teeth, specifically the pulp and tissues that surround the teeth. The pulp is the vital tissue within a tooth that exists in the root, which is the section of the tooth that’s under your gum line. While the outer portions of the tooth, mainly the top visible portion called a crown, are hard and durable, the pulp contains soft tissue that is vulnerable to bacterial infection and damage. It also contains nerves and blood vessels. Once there’s decay or damage to the hard outer shell of the tooth, the pulp may become infected, which can lead to a patient requiring a “root canal” procedure.

A root canal removes the diseased or damaged portions of pulp, which can eliminate pain, infection, and inflammation in the mouth.

Are root canals painful?

One of the biggest misconceptions about a root canal procedure is that they are very painful or uncomfortable, but modern endodontic treatment takes a strong focus on ensuring that patients are as comfortable as possible, and that procedures are performed quickly and efficiently. With the use of proper pain management options, and solutions such as sedation therapy, there are a wide host of ways in which root canal discomfort or pain can be completely negated. If you have any anxiety or concern about pain or discomfort during a root canal, we urge you to speak with the dentist about options to make sure that your procedure is pleasant and pain free.

Are your x-rays safe?

X-rays are considered safe for use for a wide range of patients of differing ages, health histories, and current conditions. Our x-ray process utilizes a system that goes a step further, and reduces the typical amount of radiation used in dental x-ray services by up to 90%. We also utilize digital imaging.

Are there serious risks of infection during endodontic treatment?

We take every precaution required of medical professionals to ensure proper infection control, including adherence to guidelines set forth by the CDC, the American Dental Association, and OSHA. We follow proper sterilization guidelines and procedures.

What can I expect after treatment?

After a root canal, you will likely require restorative dentistry, such as a crown. We’ll provide your dentist with a record of the treatment. We also provide you the information on any follow-up care that may be needed. We can also forward that treatment information to other dentists in the event that you choose a separate office for your restoration services.

Although the chances of any posttreatment complications are low, we also provide emergency care and consultation if there are any issues with your condition.