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Town and Country Endodontics


General Information

What to expect

Your visit in our office will begin with a comprehensive consultation and examination. At that time, we will examine the area, take diagnostic digital radiographs, decide whether your tooth is in need of root canal therapy, and review your treatment options.

If root canal therapy is indicated, a local anesthetic is used. We will remove the nerve and bacteria from your tooth, clean the infection and seal the roots of the tooth.  It can usually be completed in one to two visits depending on the required treatment. Most patients return to their normal daily routine after treatment. You may experience tenderness and soreness for a few days following the procedure. After treatment is completed you will need to see your general dentist within one month for a final restoration. A treatment report will be sent to their office.

Generally, conventional root canal therapy is all that is needed. Success rates for a non-surgical treatment is above 90%. Occasionally, microsurgery may be needed to save a tooth. This technique can be useful in locating root fractures and treating canals that may not be able to be accessed through standard root canal therapy.The most common microsurgical procedure is called an apicoectomy.

It is unusual for patients to experience complications after conventional root canal therapy or microsurgery. However, if you do experience any problems, we are available to respond to you at any time.

Post operative instructions

It is normal for your tooth to be sore for the first few days after root canal therapy has been completed.  Initially, soft foods are recommended, as they will provide less discomfort during chewing.  The soreness may continue for up to one week.  Your tooth may feel differently the second and third weeks.  By the fourth week, it should feel like your other teeth.

If you experience tenderness, achiness, or sensitivity to biting, you may take over the counter anti-inflammatory medication (Advil, Aleve, etc) to relieve the symptom. If you are sensitive to these medications. or have been advised by your physician against taking them. please ask us for alternatives. 

A very small percentage of patients experience post-operative swelling in the area that was treated.  If this happens, please call our office immediately to speak with the doctor.