Q. How often should I see a dentist?

A. The ADA guidelines recommend visiting your dentist at least twice a year for a check-up and professional cleaning. Our office also recommends a minimum of two visits per year.

Q. What should I expect during my appointment?

A. One of our staff members will compile your medical and dental history during your first visit. We will then examine your teeth and gums, make X-rays of your teeth as needed and perform tests that we believe are indicated. After we review your dental profile we will discuss a diagnosis and treatment plan.

Please go to the section in our website entitled "Treatment Options" where more information can be found on what is done for each situation.

Q. I have heard not-so-pleasant things about root canal treatment. Will it hurt?

A. The goal of endodontics is to relieve pain caused by pulpal inflammation and infection. In the past, the procedures were performed differently, and the quality of anesthetics wasn't the best. With modern techniques and anesthetics, the majority of patients report being comfortable during the procedure. Many say that it is no different than having a filling placed.

Q. Will it hurt afterwards?

A. Generally for the first few days after treatment your tooth may be sensitive or sore, depending on the severity of the infection before the procedure. In most cases, over-the-counter pain medication will alleviate the discomfort, but we may prescribe additional medications for you.

Q. Now that my root canal treatment is finished what do I do?

A. After your treatment is finished, a report including digital images will be sent to your dentist. We recommend seeing your dentist within a month or less to restore your tooth. Your dentist will decide what type of final restoration will be placed. In certain cases, we will contact you for a follow-up exam to monitor healing. Failure to see your general dentist within an appropriate time to restore your tooth can lead to possible failure of your treated tooth.

Q. What if I have an emergency?

A. Please call our office as soon as you determine that you have a dental emergency. We will be glad to work you in to our schedule if you have a dental emergency during regular business hours. After hours, over the weekend and during holidays, for patients of record, please call our office for the doctor's emergency contact number.

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