What is a root canal?

In a root canal, the infected tissue within the canal spaces of a root is removed and the space is cleaned and sealed with a sterile, bio-compatible filler material.

Why choose an endodontist?

Endodontists are dentists who specialize in root canal treatment, having completed two or more years of additional root canal training. Our office has the experience and the advanced technology needed to better diagnose and treat root canal cases.

Will a root canal make my teeth look different?

No. There will be no visible difference in the look of your teeth, except by dental X-ray. A root canal is performed inside the tooth itself.

Is a root canal a major procedure?

No. Root canals are more common than you may think. There are many other dental procedures that are more invasive with longer recovery times.

Will I miss work to recover from a root canal?

Not usually. A root canal is a more common procedure and most of the time you can head right back in to work!

Will I need to cancel my evening plans to recover from a root canal?

There should be no reason for you to cancel any of your daily schedule after the procedure.

Should I take it easy after a root canal?

You can do anything you normally do during the day – exercise, eat, go dancing, etc.

Can I brush my teeth and floss normally after my root canal?


Will I be in a lot of pain after the procedure?

This varies from patient to patient. Any discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

How long will my mouth be numb?

Normally, there is numbness for up to three hours or more. However, this can be managed with a local anesthetic reversal agent, which can shorten the length of time you are numb.

Will I need to be put to sleep?

No. Your root canal procedure can take place while you are fully awake, using local anesthetic, similar to other dental procedures.

How long does a root canal procedure take?

Usually 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending upon the patient and the work needed. You will have a better idea of this after your consultation.

Can a root canal be completed in one visit?

This will depend on the amount of work needed for your tooth.

Will I leave with a hole in my tooth if I have to come for a second visit?

No, we will temporarily restore the access hole until you come in again.

If I have to come in for a second visit, will there be an additional fee?

The fee will be the same, whether you need two visits or just one.

Will I need to return for a check-up?

Every root canal case is different. We will recommend a checkup if we think you need one.

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