You have been referred to an endodontist because your dentist has determined that your tooth needs specialized care. Endodontic treatment addresses the interior of the tooth. Endodontists have received advanced training for tooth conditions such as deep decay, cracks, abscesses, and trauma. They can diagnose sources of oral and facial pain and perform surgical procedures when necessary.
Dr. Rybicki further specializes in treating complicated cases such as teeth with narrow or blocked canals or unusual anatomy. He uses advanced technology, including the operating microscope, ultrasonics, and digital imaging when performing these special services. By referring you to a specialist such as Dr. Rybicki, your dentist is showing a personal concern for the quality of your dental care.
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Aftercare Following Endodontic (Root Canal) Treatment
Instructions for Patients Having Endodontic Surgery
We are a participating provider with many insurance plans. When you contact our office we will obtain your insurance information and verify your benefits.
With this information we will obtain and an estimated co-payment that you will be responsible for paying at the time of treatment. Please note that while we do our best to obtain the most accurate information possible, the coverage for treatment that your insurance company provides to us is always an estimate and will vary based on plans, deductibles, annual maximums, and waiting periods.
FEES AND PAYMENTS
We will always attempt to do our best to provide you with accurate information regarding charges for your treatment before you come to our office. We accept VISA, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.
Third party financing is also available through Care Credit. Any amount of $200 or more charged to Care Credit is eligible for 6 months interest free payments. You can apply for financing prior to your visit directly on their website: www.carecredit.com.
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When does a tooth require endodontic treatment such as a root canal?
How can I tell if I need endodontic treatment?
Noticeable signs of pulp damage include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, swelling, gum tenderness, and tooth discoloration. However, sometimes there are no outward symptoms when a pulp degenerates, and the condition may only be detected by a dental examination and x-rays.
How many appointments will my endodontic treatment take?
Will I have pain during or after this procedure?
With modern pain management techniques, a root canal can be as unremarkable as a typical dental filling procedure. Dr. Rybicki ensures that the sensitive nerves in your tooth are comfortably anesthetized prior to starting any procedure. After treatment, you may experience some sensitivity of your tooth, usually with chewing, for a few days. An appropriate over-the-counter analgesic such as Advil or Tylenol is usually enough to manage your discomfort. It is not unusual for your tooth to feel different for some time after the treatment is completed; however, if you experience severe pain or pressure, you can contact our office, and we will take appropriate measures to address the problem.
What do I need to do after my root canal is complete?
How long will my tooth last after endodontic treatment?
With regular brushing and flossing, proper diet, and periodic dental checkups, your tooth should last a lifetime. Although the pulp is removed, your tooth can survive because the tooth continues to be nourished by the surrounding tissues. The success rate of endodontic procedures is very high, and most teeth can be saved. However, if Dr. Rybicki determines that the prognosis for your tooth is poor, he will inform you of that at your consultation. Occasionally, an endodontically treated tooth may need additional surgery or even possible extraction.
What are the alternatives to endodontic treatment?
What is endodontic retreatment?
Root canal treatment enjoys a success rate of over 90% with proper care, and a treated tooth can last as long as your other natural teeth. Occasionally, however, a tooth that has received endodontic treatment fails to heal. The tooth can become painful or diseased months or even years after successful treatment. If your tooth does not heal, or it develops new problems, another procedure called endodontic retreatment may be able to save your tooth. If you and Dr. Rybicki choose retreatment, he reopens your tooth to gain access to the root canal filling material. In many cases, complex restorative materials such as the crown, post, and core material, are removed to permit access to the root canals. After removing the canal filling, Dr. Rybicki cleans the canals and carefully examines the inside of your tooth to locate any additional canals or unusual anatomy that requires treatment. After cleaning the canals, they are filled and sealed, and a temporary filling is placed in the tooth. Endodontic surgery may be recommended if the canals are unusually narrow or blocked.