Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is an Endodontist?
A: An Endodontist is a dentist who took 2-3 years of advanced training in order to specialize in the treatment of disease of the pulp and surrounding bone of the tooth. The pulp is the tissue inside of the root canal of the tooth, which is why Endodontists are often referred to as “Root Canal Specialists”. Endodontists devote all of their time and energy in their practice to treating Endodontic problems, making them the experts in the field.
Q:Why Did My Dentist Refer Me to an Endodontist?
A: Many Dentists perform routine Endodontic procedures in their offices. However, most Dentists also utilize specialists, such as Endodontists, when the complexity of a tooth or a problem would benefit from the care of a Specialist. Your Dentist trusts Dr. Fife as an expert in the field of Endodontics and wants to make sure you get the best treatment possible.
Q: What Is Endodontic Treatment?
A: Depending on the type of problem that a patient has, Endodontic Treatment may involve one or more of the treatments listed below. All Endodontic procedures can be done with standard Dental Local Anesthesia and each visit for treatment is usually around one hour.
Common Endodontic Procedures:
- Root Canal Treatment
- Root Canal Re-treatment
- Internal Bleaching
- Root Ressection
Q: What Will Occur On the Day of My Visit to the Endodontist?
A: On your first visit with Dr. Fife, he will perform an Endodontic Consultation, which will include imaging, examination, and discussion of the diagnosis and treatment options. In most cases, treatment can also be done during your first visit. Otherwise, you will be scheduled for your treatment on a different day.
Q: Will the Treatment Be Uncomfortable?
A: Thanks to modern technology and advanced Local Anesthetics, Endodontic treatment can and should be completely painless.
Q: Will Sedation be Required?
A: Most cases do not require any form of sedation. However If you feel that you would benefit from the use of sedation during treatment, please discuss this with Dr. Fife.
Q: What is the Recovery Time and Process Following Treatment?
A: The recovery time following treatment varies from patient-to-patient. Generally there is some mild soreness for a few days following treatment. In some cases, the soreness may last a few weeks, depending on the severity of the problem prior to treatment. Most patients are able to go back to work after the procedure is over and resume their normal life without any changes.
Q: How Much Will the Procedure Cost?
A: The costs for each patient may vary depending on the procedure. Please call our office and the friendly staff would be happy to help you with any financial questions.
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