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Common Questions

Will the treatment be painful?

It is the most asked question.  Endodontic treatment has been associated with “pain” for a long period of time. Presently most of the procedures are pain or discomfort free. When the anesthetic effect wears off, patients may feel some discomfort that is easily controlled with over the counter medications such as Tylenol, Advil or Motrin. Only in a minute number of cases patients will require a stronger pain killer, and if the Endodontist feels that such may be a case, he or she will prescribe the most appropriate medications to be taken

How many visits will it take?

Many treatments can be completed in one visit. However, it is good to know that no two cases are equal. The number of required appointments will be explained to the patients at the completion of the consultation appointment, and will depend upon the complexity of the case.

In our office, Dr. Blumenkranz will schedule a consultation and evaluation appointment before any procedure is performed, except in the case of an emergency where a palliative procedure will be performed, and the patient scheduled for completion.

The reason for bringing patients in for a consultation appointment first, is that in some instances the case cannot be performed for different reasons. Sometimes the origin of the discomfort is not necessarily dental related such as muscle pain, maxillary sinus inflammation, atypical pain of the face etcetera.  In other instances, the patient may be better off with an alternative treatment such as removal of the tooth and replacement with a different prosthetic alternative. If the case is non treatable or not the best option for the patient, an explanation will be given to the patient as to the reason for not performing the treatment, and a note sent to the referring dentist with a  suggestion for a possible alternative procedure.

How much will it cost?

Endodontic fees will vary depending on the complexity of each case, and insurance coverage on the other. For those patients who have insurance coverage, the office will try to obtain accurate information as to the patient’s obligations. However, the information obtained at the time of the consultation may vary by the time the insurance carrier sends the payments. As mentioned to the patients, and is given to them in a written form, the insurance company may decline payments for some of the procedures which will become the patients responsibility to cover.


How soon should the tooth be restored?

Patients should know that they have top contact their regular dentists as soon as treatment is completed and thus have the tooth properly restored. Only those teeth with guarded prognosis or similar conditions should be temporarily restored and await a follow-up appointment at which time a decision will be made as to proceed with a permanent restoration or the tooth kept in a provisional restoration and await a further evaluation.