Jason Deblinger, DMD
Claudia Hoffman, DDS
Audrey Hsin, DDS
Kate Huza, DMD
Elisabeth Shamoon, DMD


Common Questions

x-ray2What causes a tooth to need endodontic treatment?

Endodontic therapy is necessary when the pulp of a tooth becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, a crack, or a chip in the tooth. In addition, a blow to a tooth may cause pulp damage, even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If inflamed or infected pulp is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.

x-ray1How long will my tooth last after endodontic treatment?

Dr. Deblinger and Dr. Hoffman only treat teeth that they feel have a very good chance of remaining as a healthy part of your dentition. While there is no guarantee of healing, the success rate of endodontic procedures performed in this office is very high. If we think your tooth is not going to be amenable to endodontic therapy, we will advise you as such at your consultation. Occasionally, an endodontically treated tooth may require an additional surgical procedure or removal.

x-ray3Will I have pain during or after this procedure?

Most patients report that they remain comfortable during a root canal procedure. Keeping you comfortable throughout every phase of treatment is our primary concern, although it is not unusual for a tooth to be sore or sensitive for a few days after treatment. An appropriate over-the-counter analgesic is usually sufficient to alleviate discomfort. A treated tooth may feel different for quite some time following root canal therapy. However, if you experience severe pain or pressure, please call the office.

x-ray4How should I care for my tooth after the root canal is complete?

You should not chew or bite on your tooth until you have it restored by your regular dentist. The un-restored tooth can fracture, so you should see your dentist as soon as possible to complete the treatment of your tooth following the root canal therapy.

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