There are many reasons for a referral. Endodontists perform routine as well as difficult and very complex endodontic procedures, including endodontic surgery. Many endodontists use advanced technology, such as surgical operating microscopes, ultrasonics and digital imaging to perform these specialized services. Endodontists are also experienced in determining some causes of oral facial pain.
This infection can cause, in many people, discomfort or swelling. In others, the infection is discovered during routine visits to a family dentist.
The pulp’s sole purpose is tooth development, which is completed in our early years of growth. Should the pulp become infected it can be removed so you can preserve your natural tooth.
Oftentimes a crown is recommended for a tooth upon completion of root canal therapy. A crown provides a more even distribution of biting forces and the sealing off of saliva from re-entering the root canal space. Saliva re-entering the root canal space can lead to reinfection of the tooth. Follow up care with your family dentist is crucial to the long term success of any endodontic therapy.
We offer oral conscious sedation to reduce your anxiety. Oral conscious sedation requires a consultation and additional fees apply If you elect to use nitrous oxide (sweet air) additional fees will apply. Please advise us prior to your appointment if you may need to utilize these services so that we may give you more information.
IF your heath history permits– the recommendations to control the inflammation that develops with endodontic treament of infected teeth are as described below (you must confirm that this is appropriate for your particular health history before following these directions):
Two 200mg Ibuprofen tablets every 4-6 hours. For more relief: add two Tylenol (regular or extra strength) in between the ibuprofen doses. (It does mean that you will be taking either two ibuprofen or two Tylenol every 2-3 hours.) For maximum control of your discomfort you can substitute the two Tylenol with one Vicodin (Hydrocodone) between the ibuprofen doses. No driving or alcohol when using Vicodin. Please check with Dr. Wong or Dr. Manders if your health history does not allow you to take any of these medications.