Frequently Asked Questions

Get educated about root canal therapy and learn why Endodontic Associates, PC is the right choice for you. We make it our goal to provide you with the best possible care. If you have any questions before your appointment, please don't hesitate to contact our offices.
What is an endodontist?
An Endodontist is a dental specialist who have an additional two or more years of specialized training beyond dental school to become experts in preforming root canal therapy and diagnosing and treating tooth pain.
Why Do I Need Root Canal Therapy?
Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, an injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
Woman Having Teeth Examined at Dentists - Root Canal in Liverpool, NY
How long is the procedure?
Even though each case is slightly different, most procedures generally take from 30 minutes to one hour. Most procedures are completed in one to two visits.
Will I have pain during or after the procedure?
With the use of dental local anesthesia (Novocaine™) and technology, root canal therapy involves little to no discomfort. Most patients report they are comfortable during the entire procedure. Slight discomfort afterwards is normal. Most people can control the discomfort with over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen or aspirin. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond.
What happens after treatment?
When your root canal therapy is completed, a final X-ray and report will be sent to your dentist. You should contact your dentist's office for a follow-up appointment soon after completion of your treatment. Your dentist will restore your tooth with a filling or a crown, depending upon the tooth's position, function, and remaining tooth structure.
How much will the procedure cost?
The cost of the procedure depends upon the tooth that is treated. Most dental insurance policies cover a portion of the treatment. Our financing is through Care Credit.
Please contact our office regarding our financial policies. Our staff is well informed and is happy to assist you to maximize your insurance reimbursement.