Why would I need endodontic treatment?
The pulp (nerve) inside your tooth can become inflamed or infected. This may be a result of decay, fracture or traumatic injury to the tooth. When the tooth is this severely damaged, the only alternative to endodontic treatment is the removal of the tooth. To restore chewing function and to prevent adjacent teeth from shifting, the removed tooth must be replaced with an implant or bridge. This requires surgery or dental procedures on adjacent healthy teeth and can be far more costly and time consuming than endodontic treatment and restoration of the natural tooth.
The list below was created to help the patient prepare for their appointment:
- Please have your current insurance information with you before your appointment.
- Pre-medicate, if you normally do before dental appointments.
- Do not alter eating habits.
- Please bring any X-rays and/or referral card that you may have.
- Contact the office for information on payment requirements before your visit.
- You can also save time by downloading, completing and bringing the required patient forms from our website. You can find these on the ‘Patient Forms’ page.
Many endodontic procedures are performed to relieve the pain of toothaches caused by inflammation or infection. With modern techniques and anesthetics, most patients report that they are comfortable during the procedure.
For the first few days after treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive, especially if there were pain or infection before the procedure. This discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications. Follow your endodontist’s instructions carefully.
Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your endodontic treatment is completed. However, if you have severe pain or pressure, or pain that lasts more than a few days, call your endodontist.