How much will my insurance cover?
Most insurance plans cover between 50-80% of the root canal fee. To be certain of your particular coverage we advise our patients to contact their insurance company. Every dental procedure has a code number assigned and this number is how your carrier will determine your plan coverage. Please feel free to contact our office for the codes we anticipate using in your treatment.

Will a root canal be painful?
You will be numb and should not feel any discomfort during the procedure. Afterwards you may experience some localized discomfort for a few days, which is normal. The routine over-the-counter-medications (Tylenol, Advil, Aleve, Aspirin) are usually adequate in managing the soreness following a root canal procedure. Stronger pain medications are available and prescribed when necessary or desired.

Will I be able to drive after the procedure or go to work?
If you have not had trouble driving in the past after seeing the dentist for a filling, then there is no reason you should have a problem driving after a root canal procedure.  Most likely you will be numb for an hour or two after your appointment just like most filling procedures.  Going back to work is a personal choice but again not normally a problem.

Can I eat or drink after this procedure?
Yes.  You may eat or drink after the procedure but you should avoid hard foods until you are no longer numb to prevent biting your tongue or cheek.  The treated tooth may be sore to bite on for a few days so you may want to avoid chewing on it.

How long does this procedure take?
Most appointments take one hour to an hour and a half depending on which tooth is being treated.

Because of my financial situation can I make payments?
Most of our procedures are done in one appointment so we see patients only once.  Because of this brief acquaintance, we ask that all financial matters be completed at that appointment.  We do accept checks and major credit cards (Visa and Master Card) for your convenience.

Do I need to return to my dentist after my appointment with your office?
The type of filling done at the completion of the root canal depends on the treatment plan designed for you by your dentist.  We are sometimes asked to place the final restoration in the tooth.  Most of the time, however, a temporary filling is placed in the tooth after the root canal procedure is completed and a return visit to your dentist is necessary to place the final restoration.

What should I bring to my first appointment?
When visiting our office for the first time you should bring any dental insurance information you may have, the referral slip or x-rays from your general dentist, the completed health history form if you have printed that from our website and a list of your current medications.

What does your office do to help relieve anxiety of dental procedures?
We have found that a thorough understanding of the planned procedure seems to be the most effective way of easing patient anxiety.  We therefore take time before the start of each appointment to explain what we are going to do and answer all questions.  As necessary or requested, we also prescribe appropriate medications to aid in relaxation.

What would cause my tooth to need a root canal?
Decay is the number one cause of damage to the dental pulp leading to a need for endodontic treatment.  Fractures or cracks of all kinds are also a very common reason teeth become symptomatic and need a root canal procedure.  Trauma that does not necessarily crack the tooth, things like grinding, clenching, sports related impacts, car accidents, and even the trauma produced by dental work itself can cause a tooth to become symptomatic over time.