FAQ

What is a root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is a procedure to remove diseased pulp inside the tooth, thoroughly clean the canals, and fill and seal the space before final restoration. Root canal treatment can save your natural tooth and this treatment is done over 14 million times a year.

What are the symptoms of a possible root canal?

You may feel:
  • sensitivity to hot or cold foods
  • sharp pain when biting down
  • lingering pain lasting more than 30 seconds after eating hot or cold foods
  • constant and severe pain and pressure, swelling of gum and sensitivity to touch
  • dull ache and pressure in upper teeth and jaw
  • no sensation to hot or cold
  • pain that keeps you awake at night

The common question…is root canal treatment painful?

Root canal treatment relieves pain. In a recent survey, patients who have experienced root canal treatment are 6 times more likely to describe it as a “painless treatment” than patients who have not had root canal treatments. Therefore, the myth about root canal treatment being painful is untrue. The majority of patients describe a root canal treatment is similar to a having a filling.

Should I get my tooth extracted?

Root canal treatment (saving the natural tooth) should always be the first option unless your dentist feels the tooth is not salvageable. Your natural tooth cannot be completely replaced. With proper dental care, the majority of root canal treatments have a high rate of success and can last a lifetime. Root canal treatment is less traumatic and costs less than replacing an extracted tooth with an artificial tooth. See diagram for cost comparison

Are any insurance plans accepted at Root Canal Dentists?

Yes – we are in network with most PPO insurance plans. Please see the following in-network providers.
  • Traditional Medicaid/CHIP Medicaid
  • CHIP Children's CHIP Apple Logo
  • MCNA Medicaid/CHIP MCNA Dental
  • Dentaquest Medicaid/CHIP DentaQuest

Is it worth getting root canal treatment?

It is worth saving the natural tooth for several reasons:
  • Preserve jaw bone
  • Costs less than other treatment options
  • Less time for treatment completion (Implant process can take approximately 6-12 months)

What payment plans are accepted?

We accept Mastercard/VISA, Discover, personal checks and cash. Care Credit is available to patients with a 6-month interest free payment plan.

Do you treat children as well as adults?

We are happy to treat children and adults with permanent teeth.

Who do I call for after hours emergency?

Please contact your general dentist if you have not been seen at Root Canal Dentists. If you are a patient of record, call our office, 214-352-ROOT (7668) and follow the instructions on the recording. Please be prepared to provide the following information: your name, patient’s name, return phone number, your treating doctor’s name at Root Canal Dentists, a pharmacy number and a short message regarding your emergency, and your call will be returned. Please speak slowly and clearly so we can understand the message. For questions about appointments, accounting issues or insurance/Medicaid information, please call during our regular office hours.

Can I eat after root canal treatment?

We suggest that you wait until the numbness wears off before eating. Eat soft foods that require minimal chewing and nothing that might burn your mouth. Do not chew on the treated tooth until the tooth is protected by final restoration.

Are sedation options offered at Root Canal Dentists?

Yes, we offer different levels of sedation for patient comfort, but the majority of patients are able to have treatment without any sedation. For more information on sedation options

What happens if my temporary filling comes off or breaks?

It is important to keep the canal space clean and protected during and after treatment. If your temporary filling comes off, it needs to be cleaned and replaced as soon as possible; please call our office and schedule an appointment.

How long should I wait after root canal treatment to have the final restorations?

You should schedule an appointment with your general dentist so the final restoration can be done within 2 weeks after root canal treatment is completed. This allows the treated tooth to be protected as you resume normal chewing.

What can I do if my child’s tooth is knocked out?

If the tooth is completely knocked out, do not rub the tooth. Gently rinse the tooth with milk and place back in the socket and call Root Canal Dentists immediately for your child to be seen by the doctor. If the tooth has remained in its place, you should bring your child for an evaluation and follow-up because the traumatized tooth might become non-vital.

What if I need to cancel my appointment at Root Canal Dentists?

Please call our office 24 hours in advance to cancel your appointment. We reserve the right to refuse patients who are a no-show to appointment(s) or habitually cancel.

Do you take referrals?

Yes – we appreciate all referrals and see them as a compliment to our office.