What to Expect

We will perform an exam of the tooth and surrounding area to determine if root canal therapy is needed. A radiograph will be taken, and we will ask about any symptoms you have had. If endodontic treatment is needed to save your tooth, your tooth will be numbed with topical and local anesthetics. A small opening will be made in the biting surface of your tooth. This allows us access to clean the damaged tissue from the tiny canals inside the roots. The clean canals are then filled with a soft rubber-like material called gutta percha to permanently seal the space. A temporary filling will close the opening at the surface of your tooth.

Treatment is usually completed in one visit. Plan to spend 90 minutes to two hours at your visit. Complex cases may require one or more additional visits.

Many patients find themselves anxious about an unfamiliar procedure. We take great care in letting you know what to expect and in listening to any concerns or questions you may have. Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is available at request. A consultation appointment prior to the treatment appointment is encouraged for patients who have more complex cases like endodontic retreatment or surgery or would like to consider oral or IV sedation. Most patients, however, find that they are very comfortable and feel that the procedure is no different than having routine dental work done.