Answering your most common questions
Q: Will the treatment be painful?
In most cases, treatment is pain-free. You will be given local anesthesia in intervals, at the beginning of the appointment, to ensure you are comfortable during the procedure. Most patients will leave still under the effect of local anesthesia. Within several hours of treatment, the anesthesia will wear off.
Q: Will it hurt after treatment?
In most cases, mild to moderate soreness can be expected. Discomfort from treatment is usually well managed with over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).
Q: Should I take pain medication before I come for my treatment?
No, it is ideal for you to come in free of any influence from pain relief. The doctor will perform tests and pain relievers will mask symptoms that help the doctor make a diagnosis.
Q: Do I need to come back after treatment is completed?
In general, no. After treatment, you MUST return to your general dentist to have the treated tooth restored with a filling or cap/crown; your dentist will help you decide what is best for you. If, however, you continue to experience any discomfort, call our office to schedule a no-charge appointment to re-evaluate your symptoms.
Q: Do I need to have additional X-rays taken? My dentist already took several.
In general, yes. In the majority of cases, X-rays (digital radiographs) are necessary for proper diagnosis. The endodontist uses the X-ray as a tool, so X-rays are taken during treatment and at the end of treatment to establish the condition of the tooth. There is no charge for X-rays.
Q: Will I need to have a CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) done?
A CBCT may be recommended depending on the reason for your appointment. If a CBCT is recommended, your doctor will discuss in detail why this diagnostic tool will benefit your treatment.
Q: Will I be able to eat after my appointment?
Yes, you will be able to eat after your appointment; however, we recommend softer foods and care when eating. We recommend you eat on the opposite side of the treated area. Avoid dense food, crunchy or hard foods. The treated tooth and surrounding area will be sore from work done and injections. Saltwater rinses can help, if desired.
For exceptional personalized endodontic care you can trust from a root canal specialist, contact Harry Singh, DDS & Associates at 585.256.1500. We serve the communities of Rochester and Avon in Livingston County.