Frequently Asked Questions

​​You have been referred to an endodontist.

Although many family dentists may perform root canal procedures, your dentist feels that your case requires the attention of a specialist.

Endodontists are dentists who have undertaken two years of additional training after dental school in root canal treatment and other procedures involving the pulp, the inner tissue on the tooth. They are experienced in treating complicated cases, diagnosing and relieving oral pain, and treating traumatic injuries to the teeth. By referring you to a specialist, your family dentist is demonstrating a personal concern for the quality of your dental care.

After your endodontic therapy is completed, you will return to your family dentist for final restoration (cap/crown, filing, etc.) of the tooth. Your family dentist will continue to oversee your dental care, including regular checkups and cleaning.

What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy (endodontics) is devoted to the elimination of infection inside the roots of pulpally involved teeth. The pulp (nerve and blood vessel) may be irreversibly damaged by bacteria associated with decay (past or present) or by a traumatic blow or by gum disease. Root canal therapy allows you to retain the natural tooth in a healthy state rather than substituting an artificial one.

What is involved in Root Canal Therapy?
Treatment is usually accomplished in one or two visits. Since endodontics requires a precise and exacting technique, occasionally additional visits may be necessary. The visits will usually consist of:
A) Opening, cleaning, and medicating canals.
B) Shaping the canals to receive the root canal filling, which seals out mouth fluids and bacteria.

Will the treatment be painful?
We have the means to control pain and discomfort, therefore you need not be nervous or apprehensive. We will make every effort to provide for your comfort and well-being. The manipulation of the root canal, during treatment, sometimes causes the tissue around the tooth to be bruised. This may cause your tooth to be sore for a few days after treatment, especially to touch and chewing. This is usually so slight that it can be controlled with aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen.

What do I do between visits?
If you have been given a pain or antibiotic prescription, have it filled and take as directed. Chew hard foods away from the tooth undergoing treatment. If you have any unusual problems, such as severe pain or swelling, please call the office and you will be given appropriate instructions.

What is the prognosis of Root Canal Therapy?
Studies have shown modern endodontic therapy to be successful in over 95% of cases treated. No tooth will be treated unless there is a very good chance of success. While there is no certainty concerning healing, we do expect this to occur in almost all cases; if not, you will be alerted.

After treatment?
Endodontics is the only type of treatment performed in this office. Therefore, it is important that you contact your family dentist so that the crown of the tooth may be restored with a permanent filling or crown (cap).

What is the fee for treatment?
The fee for your treatment is determined by the complexity of the tooth being treated. This will be presented to you prior to the beginning of your treatment. If this had been neglected, please do not hesitate to ask.

It is expected that your fee be paid in full the day of the treatment. We accept cash, check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover, or CareCredit.

Do you accept insurance? What type?
We feel that dental insurance provides a significant improvement in the quality of dentistry and the dental health of the public. Your insurance is a contract between you and your insurance company. We will gladly complete and file your insurance forms after treatment is completed. You will be required to pay any deductible and/or co-payment the day of treatment. When payment is received by the insurance company, we will immediately issue a refund or statement to settle the account. Accounts over 30 days will incur a late charge on the unpaid balance.

We accept the following insurance:
• Aetna PPO and DMO
• MetLife PPO
• Cigna PPO
• Health Resources, Inc.
• Delta Dental of KY and USA plans
• Premier, DPO, Delta Care, TriCare retired Army plan
• Dentamax Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans, all states
• PFFS, Ameritas, Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company
• DentaSelect Plus and DentalCare Plus
• Dentemax subsidiary companies, Sunlife, Doral Dental USA / Wellness
• Guardian, Lincoln Life, Jefferson Pilot
• Humana, Central States, CornBenefits

*Please note: Insurances change frequently. If you do not see your insurance provider listed here, please give us a call.