COMMON QUESTIONS

Are Root Canals Painful?

Many endodontic procedures are performed to relieve the pain of toothaches caused by infection or pulp inflammation. At MetroPlex Endodontics, our board certified endodontists know a great deal about how to help you manage pain effectively. With modern techniques and anesthetics, the most patients report that they are comfortable during their procedure. For the first few days after treatment, your tooth can feel sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure.

Over-the-counter medications, such as Advil® or Tylenol®, are usually enough to combat this discomfort. In some cases it may be necessary to use prescription medications to help keep you comfortable after the procedure.

Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your treatment is completed. Of course, if you experience pressure or pain that lasts more than a few days, make sure you call us and discuss with our staff.  Our goal is to preserve your natural smile and for the experience to be as comfortable as possible.

Would it be easier to have my tooth pulled?

Sometimes your teeth may have infection or disease and will need care. When possible, you should always consider treatments to save your teeth. You may think, why not have a tooth pulled, especially if no one can see it, but you will know your tooth is missing and it will negatively impact your quality of life.

Don’t get a tooth pulled because you think its easier or more cost-effective. Missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift, affect your ability to properly chew and ruin your smile. Tooth extraction often is more painful than the infection itself, and replacing an extracted tooth with an artificial one requires additional dental visits that can quickly add up.

How long does a typical root canal take?

Typical root canal treatments are one to two visits that are roughly 45 minutes to an hour per visit.

Do you take insurance?

Yes! We accept insurance and will gladly process your claim. Please bring the necessary information with you on your first visit.  For more information click here.

How much does a root canal cost?

Each procedure is different.  However, we do accept insurance and most major credit/debit cards.  Also, financing options are available through CareCredit.  You can apply online for financing by clicking here.

We are happy to provide an estimate prior to starting to treatment.

Are treatments the same day as the evaluation?

Every patient that comes in, we usually have an hour to an hour and a half scheduled so that treatment can be initiated at the time of evaluation if the patient’s schedule allows.

Can my dentist just perform my root canal?

Although some root canal treatments can be performed by general dentists, the techniques and equipment used by endodontists provide the highest success rate.

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