Diplomate, American Board of Endodontics
Diplomate, American Academy of Pain Management

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is a good candidate for an endodontic procedure? A good candidate for endodontic treatment is one with an inflamed, infected, or damaged pulp. If the pulp is left untreated, it can lead to an infection and cause tooth pain. A root canal by Allan Moskow DDS, PA may save your tooth from further problems down the road.

What symptoms may indicate that I need an endodontic procedure? Symptoms of a damaged pulp include: pain in the tooth; chronic tooth sensitivity to hot and cold; tenderness in the gums, nearby bones, or lymph nodes; swelling near the tooth; and discoloration of the tooth.

How does endodontic treatment save the tooth? Dr. Moskow will remove the pulp of the tooth, clean and shape the inside of the canal, and fill in and seal the space in the canal. After your final visit, you will need to return to your dentist to have a crown or other restoration placed on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function.

What does treatment involve? While treatment can sometimes be completed in just one visit, there are certain cases that may require a second or multiple appointments. During treatment, the diseased pulp is removed. The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are then cleaned and filled with a rubber-type material that seals the tooth so that no germs enter the tooth.

Will I feel pain during or after the procedure? Endodontic treatment is meant to relieve the pain and discomfort of a damaged pulp. After the procedure, there may be tooth sensitivity present. However, this can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications if necessary. Your tooth may feel somewhat different after treatment. If you are experiencing pain and pressure that has lasted for days, speak with Dr. Moskow.

What new technologies are being used? Aside from digital radiography, we use special operating microscopes. Magnification and fiber optic illumination are helpful in aiding the doctor to see tiny details inside your tooth.

What happens after treatment? When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. You should contact his or her office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of completion at our office. Your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth.

What should I do on the day of my first visit? Eating normally and taking any medications as you normally do is recommended. We ask that you bring your referral slip and a list of any medications you are taking with you to our office. Depending on the exact problem you have, we may or may not perform treatment at your first visit.

Do you take my insurance? We work with many dental insurances. Please call our office for specific information.

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