FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Fees will vary based on the needs of your tooth. Dr. Ardalan and his team will discuss the fees with you at the time of your appointment.
At Crescent City Endodontics, Dr. Ardalan is in-network with several insurance providers. Please call to inquire if your insurance plan is accepted at our office. We will always work with you to determine your estimated cost for treatment so you can be prepared.
Toothache pain is the main reason for patients seeking treatment. Fortunately, modern anesthetics can make the procedure pain free in most cases. Seeking treatment early makes the procedure more comfortable, so don't wait. When caught early, treatment should feel no different than having a regular filling. For the first few days after treatment, there may be some sensitivity to biting pressure, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. Sometimes over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications (like Advil) are recommended for a day or two. Dr. Ardalan can prescribe other medications but they are rarely required.
Conventional root canal therapy usually takes about 30-90 minutes to complete. The anatomy of your tooth, along with the status of the pulp or existing materials inside your tooth can also affect the time of treatment. Occasionally, a root canal treatment will be divided into two separate appointments. In the 1-2 week interim, a medication is placed in your tooth to kill bacteria and prepare the tooth to be filled with root canal filling materials
It is extremely rare, however, there are a few risks to be aware of:
Infection - Occasionally bacteria will persist in or around your tooth following root canal treatment. Please notify your endodontist if you notice any signs of swelling, fever, drainage of pus or pain. Antibiotics are sometimes indicated in these situations. Also, sometimes an additional therapy will improve the chances of a successful outcome. Such therapies include retreatment of the root canal and apical surgery.
Breaking or fracture of a tooth – This usually occurs following a root canal treatment if the tooth is not restored properly within a timely manner. A crown is typically indicated to protect your tooth after a root canal. Think about the rings around a barrel holding the wood pieces together. Your tooth is not protected without a permanent restoration placed by your general dentist.
Root fracture – This is not common at all, but can result from having multiple root canals done on a tooth, or from the stress of having root canal treatment. Apical surgery or extraction is usually necessary to alleviate pain and infection that occur after a root fracture.
Numbness – Also known as paresthesia – this is extremely rare and is most common after apical surgery is performed. The good news is that it usually resolves over a period of weeks to months. Definitely keep your endodontist updated if you experience any numbness following treatment.