FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is your financial policy?
Our goal is to provide our patients with the best dental care possible at the most reasonable cost. Payment is due at the time of service unless other arrangements have been made in advance. To help you, we offer a variety of payment options including cash, check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and CareCredit®.
If you need special financing, CareCredit® is available in our office. CareCredit® allows you to choose from a variety of payment plans that permit you to pay for your treatment over time, while still receiving the treatment that you need today. To apply for CareCredit® online, click here. You may also call (800) 365-8295 to apply by phone.
If at any time you have questions regarding your account, please contact us. Many times a simple telephone call will clear up any misunderstandings.
Do you give a discount for cash payment in full?
No we do not.
Do you offer weekend or evening hours?
We do not offer weekend hours; however, we are open until 5 p.m. during the weekdays.
Are x-rays necessary?
Absolutely. It is impossible to see directly between the teeth or under the gums or bone without the use of a dental radiograph. Many diseases and conditions can only be detected with the use of dental x-rays. Radiographs allow dentists to detect disease and other conditions much sooner than the clinical examination alone.
Do you treat children?
We do. However, behavior and tooth maturity may affect our ability to perform necessary procedures properly. A consultation visit will allow us to assess what, if any, endodontic treatment is necessary.
Why should I save my natural tooth?
Although it is possible in some cases to replace an extracted tooth with an implant or bridgework, it is almost always preferable to try and save your own natural tooth.
In a recent American Association of Endodontists survey, 76% of participants said they would prefer a root canal to tooth extraction.
Nearly 1/3 would not sell a healthy front tooth for any amount of money.
Most people are not aware that root canal treatment is a viable alternative to tooth extraction.
Artificial teeth can limit your ability to chew certain foods.
How do I know if I need a root canal?
Patients may need endodontic treatment, including root canals, if they experience any of the following symptoms: prolonged dental sensitivity to heat or cold; tenderness of teeth to touch and chewing; or facial or oral swelling.
Typically, your general dentist would refer you to an endodontist for treatment.
Will the treatment be painful?
We will take every measure to ensure that your procedure is in no way uncomfortable or painful. If treatment is needed, we will inject a small amount of anesthesia to gently numb a concentrated area of your mouth. For most patients, the feeling of numbness usually subsides after 2-3 hours. Most Patients who have had a root canal performed by an endodontist describe the procedure as virtually painless.
Will I need to return to your office for follow-ups after the procedure is finished?
Yes, for most root canal treatments, we recommend that patients return to the office 1 year after the procedure was finished. Our office will send a reminder notice to you when you are due for a recall appointment.
Will it hurt after the procedure?
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 a few weeks. It should gradually feel better as the time passes.
You may take over the counter pain medications if needed to manage any discomfort. If the over-the-counter pain medicine are not helping to alleviate your symptoms, please call the office.
A very small percentage of patients (less than 5%) experience post-operative swelling in the area that was treated. If this happens, please call our office immediately.
For female patients, there may be an interaction between antibiotics and oral contraceptives. If you are presently taking antibiotics or if our office has prescribed them, please use alternative means of birth control for your entire cycle that month.
If you have any questions or concerns following your treatment, please do not hesitate to call our office.