Endodontic FAQ

What is endodontics?

Endodontics is a branch of dentistry recognized by the American Dental Association involving treatment of the pulp (root canal) and surrounding tissues of the tooth. When you look at your tooth in the mirror, what you see is the crown. The rest of the tooth, the portion hidden beneath the gum line, is called the root. Though the outer portion of the root is a hard tissue called dentin, the inside channel or “root canal” contains a pulp of soft tissue, blood vessels and nerves. Bacteria that are introduced into the pulp as a result of tooth decay, periodontal disease, tooth fracture or other problems, can severely damage the pulp. When that happens, an endodontic specialist removes the diseased pulp to save the tooth and prevent further infection and inflammation. After successful endodontic treatment, the tooth continues to perform normally.

I’m worried about x-rays. Should I be?

No. While x-rays will be necessary during your endodontics treatment, we use an advanced non-film computerized system, called digital radiography, that produces radiation levels up to 90 percent lower than those of already low dose conventional dental x-ray machinery. These digital images can be optimized, archived, printed and sent to other doctors involved with your dental care via e-mail or CD-ROM.

The PreXion 3D scan is completely painless and dramatically reduces x-ray radiation exposure when compared to normal CT scanners and some older traditional dental x-ray machines. The scan takes less than 9 seconds and allows you to sit comfortably upright in an open air environment. The benefits of enhanced accuracy, visibility, and predictability resulting in improved patient results, far outweigh any perceived risk.

What about infection?

Again, there’s no need for concern. We adhere to the most rigorous standards of infection control advocated by OSHA, the Centers for Disease Control and the American Dental Association. We utilize autoclave sterilization and barrier techniques to eliminate any risk of infection. Our new state of the art sterilization center is on display for you to see; just ask a member of our dental team for a tour.

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 their office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of completion at our office. Your dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. On rare occasions, endodontic patients may experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times at Stow Office Phone Number 330-688-3800 to address your individual situation.

Is sedation an option for me?

If you are one of an estimated 90 million people in the U.S. who don’t see a dentist because of fear, we can help. With a full medical history, a preliminary evaluation, and a driver on the day of your treatment, conscious oral sedation may be a good solution for you. David J. Harris, DDS, MSD has received comprehensive and rigorous training in sedation dentistry through DOCS education. Our dental team will be happy to answer any questions you may have or you may visit the consumer website www.sedationcare.com to learn more.