Endodontists specialize in performing root canals and other procedures in order to save teeth. Endodontic treatment helps the patient maintain a natural smile, continue to eat foods that he or she loves and limits the need for ongoing dental work.
A typical visit begins with the patient completing a medical history, including all current prescription medications and medical consent forms. Then a series of x-rays will be completed and the endodontist test the tooth in question along with adjacent teeth. After the tests are complete, the endodontist will discuss treatment options with the patient.
The Endodontist will advise the patient of the proposed treatment options and any reasonable alternatives, so the patient can make a fully informed decision. The treatment procedure may start immediately by giving the patient a local anesthesia to numb the area to be treated. If the procedure can’t be performed in one visit, medications may be used in the tooth in between visits.
A dentist or endodontist may periodically x-ray the tooth to ensure that healing has occurred. At times, the tooth may become painful or diseased months or even years after successful treatment. When this occurs, often repeating the endodontic procedure can save the tooth.
Submitted claims usually pay for an initial office visit, x-rays, testing, local anesthesia, medication and treatments recommended such as a root canal and post-treatment crowns. After the tooth has been restored, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, regular checkups and dental cleanings so that you do not have to go back and have and pay for an additional visit. With proper care, most teeth with treatment can last as long as other natural teeth and often for a lifetime.
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