What is endodontics?
“Endo” is the Greek word for “inside”, and “odent” is the Greek word for “tooth”. Endodontics treatment treats the inside of the tooth.
Why would I need an endodontic procedure?
Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp of the tooth becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, a blow to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
Signs of pulp damage include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, discoloration of the tooth, and swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums. Sometimes, there are no symptoms.
Does endodontic treatment save the tooth?
The endodontist removes the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the tooth, then fills and seals the space. Afterwards, you may need to return to your dentist, who will place a crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.
Do you offer sedation?
Yes! We offer nitrous oxide, better known as laughing gas. Nitrous oxide helps you feel relaxed within minutes of taking your first breath. It is administered through a mask that fits over your nose and is inhaled. You may feel a tingling sensation or a sense of well-being. The effects, however, will be worn off before you leave so you will be able to drive yourself home.
Nitrous oxide is perfect for patients ranging from children to elderly with dental anxiety or phobia. It is NOT recommended for pregnant women in their first trimester, patients with emphysema, or patients that have recently undergone ear surgery.
What information should I have on hand when calling to schedule my appointment?
- Name of the dentist referring you to our office
- Name, address, and date of birth
- Insurance information
- Home, work, and cell phone numbers
- Tooth number, and if the tooth has had previous endodontic treatment
What information should I know before the appointment, and what do I need to bring with me?
- Please arrive at check-in time. We have already allowed time for new patient paperwork.
- Bring your insurance card.
- Know your medical history.
- Bring a list of prescription and over the counter medications.
- Please take required pre-medication 1 hour prior to your appointment.
- You will NOT need a ride, and you may resume regular activity following treatment.
How long will the procedure take?
Your appointment will take approximately 1 hour. This will vary depending on the complexity of your case.
Do I have to pay on the day of service or will you accept my insurance as payment?
Unless other arrangements are made in advance, payment is due at the time service is rendered. For some insurance plans, only a co-payment will be necessary. We will file all dental insurance claims and provide any necessary follow-up. Arrangements for financing must be made prior to your appointment. Please don’t hesitate to call our office if you have any questions.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express, Flex spending cards, cash, and local checks.
Do you have payment plans available?
Yes! We offer payment plans through Care Credit and Citi Health Cards. We do require that you have all financing arranged before you arrive at your appointment.