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East Cobb
ECE
Endodontics
 
FAQ
Common Questions

Will the treatment be painful?

We will take every measure to ensure that your procedure is in no way uncomfortable or painful. If treatment is needed, we will first apply a numbing gel, then a small amount of anesthesia to gently numb a concentrated area of your mouth. For most patients, the feeling of numbness usually subsides after 2-3 hours. Detailed intructions are given after treatment on how to manage any soreness. We are always available if our patients have any questions.


How long will treatment take?

Most treatments can be done in one vist and within about an hour.  


Do you take my insurance?

As a courtesy, we are happy to assist you in filing your insurance claim. By providing us with your dental insurance information, our staff will do their best to contact your insurance carrier and provide you with an estimate of coverage for your treatment if you have any concerns or questions about your coverage please contact us at 770-643-8302.


What if I decide NOT to have a root canal?

The alternative to root canal treatment is removal of the tooth. Once the pulp is affected beyond its ability to heal, it will lead to either an inflammatory response or an infective reaction. Neither is healthy, and both require some form of treatment. While some people prefer extraction, it is usually advisable to keep your natural tooth, if possible. Dr. Suresh will go over the best scenario for your tooth and current situation.


Do I need further dental treatment after my root canal?

Typically, you will need to have a crown put on your molar or premolar teeth after a root canal. If you already have a crown then you will need to have a permanent filling placed in your tooth by your general dentist.  Your dentist may choose to replace an old or leaking crown. Your general dentist may have already put a plan in place for further treatment on your tooth.


What is endodontic re-treatment?

Occasionally, a tooth that has undergone endodontic treatment fails to heal or pain continues despite therapy. Although rare, sometimes a tooth initially responds to root canal therapy but becomes painful or diseased months or years later. When either of these situations occur, the tooth often can be maintained with a second endodontic treatment called a retreatment.


What about infection?

Again, there’s no need for concern. We adhere to the most rigorous standards of infection control advocated by OSHA, the Centers for Disease Control and the American Dental Association. We utilize autoclave sterilization and barrier techniques to eliminate any risk of infection.


What technologies are being utilized?

Operating Microscopes:

We utilize special operating microscopes. Magnification and fiber optic illumination are helpful in aiding the doctor to see tiny details inside your tooth. 

Digital Images:

Digital x-rays provide sharp, clear images right on a computer screen in real time, requiring just a fraction (1/10th) of the radiation of traditional film x-rays.  This helps us explain your diagnosis and treatment required as you will be able to see the diseased tooth in question on large, high-definition monitors. Because the pictures are immediate, we are able to complete your treatment more efficiently.  

Sonics & Ultrasonics:

Ultrasonics are essential root canal treatment, particularly with retreatment cases and in performing precision microsurgery.  Ultrasonic technology allows the doctor to delicately clean layers of the root canal system, where debris and bacteria can reside.  Sonics are designed to vigorously energize antibiotic irrigants. They also work to disrupt the smear layer and biofilms, which allows for greater results and higher success rates.