Endodontic therapy, commonly known as root canal therapy, helps to prevent or relieve pain and other problems caused by unhealthy tissue inside a tooth. This tissue, known as the dental pulp, can sometimes be damaged by deep decay, large fillings or crowns, or by accidents or sports injuries. When you arrive for your appointment, Dr. Meier will perform some simple tests to determine the exact nature of your problem. Once those tests are complete, you will be given a thorough explanation of what treatment is most appropriate and what you can expect during and after your visit.
Many patients who have never had endodontic therapy are concerned that their treatment may be uncomfortable. However, Dr. Meier is most interested in relieving and preventing further tooth pain. With modern techniques and anesthetics, most of our patients report little or no discomfort at all during their treatment. Your comfort and relaxation are most important to us, and our goal is to make your visit completely uneventful. Each of our treatment rooms is equipped with not only modern dental equipment, but also a cable television.
The science of endodontics has advanced rapidly. If you had a root canal at an earlier point in your life which took two or three lengthy visits, you may be surprised that our current techniques allow us to complete almost all cases in only one appointment, usually lasting between 30 and 60 minutes. After your treatment is complete, it is extremely important to make a follow-up appointment with your dentist for repair of your current tooth restoration or placement of a new one. Your dentist will receive a final report from our office detailing what treatment was accomplished and whether any further work is recommended.
If you are interested in finding out more about root canals and root surgery, Click Here. The American Association of Endodontists has provided an excellent resource for you to explore.