FAQ

What is Endodontics?

The American Dental Association recognizes endodontics as a branch of dentistry that involves the pulp (root canal) and surrounding tissues. There are many parts to a tooth that you cannot see that are hidden underneath the gum, such as the root. The root is where blood vessels, soft tissue, and nerves are located. The pulp can be damaged by tooth decay, tooth fracture, or other dental problems. When these issues occur, an endodontic specialist attempts to save the tooth and prevent future infection by removing the damaged pulp. Successful endodontic treatment allows the tooth to continue functioning normally.


Do root canals hurt?

Root canals are not as painful as they used to be. When proper techniques and instruments are used, the root canal procedure should feel similar to having a filling treatment. This procedure can usually be done in one or two appointments and minimum tenderness will be present following treatment. Our commitment is to make our patients feel as comfortable and relaxed during their appointment.


How much will my treatment cost?

The costs associated with endodontic treatment differ depending on the situation and procedure. Root canals are often significantly lower in price than bridge or dental implants.

We attempt to make many different payment options available to our patients. We accept check, cash, or any of the major credit cards. Payment plan options are also available.


What happens at my first appointment?

If you are currently taking pain pills or antibiotics, please do not take them 8 hours prior to your appointment. These medications often reduce inflammation which will make it difficult to diagnose your tooth. Dr. Safaian will discuss your symptoms with you and a comprehensive examination will occur. It is possible that she will take digital radiographs to determine the proper treatment. After the exam, a discussion of possible treatments occurs between Dr. Safaian and the patient. When all questions are answered and the consent form is signed, endodontic treatment begins.

Please bring proper dental insurance information and the necessary completed forms to your appointment. Please bring any referral forms and x-rays that have been given to you by your doctor.

An adult or guardian must accompany patients under the age of 18.


Are there any medical considerations I should take?

Dr. Safaian and staff need to know any current medications or prescriptions that you are taking, so please bring a list with you to your initial appointment.

If your doctor advised you to take premedication antibiotics due to a medical condition, please be sure to take them within one hour of your endodontic appointment. Please call our office at (860) 434-7434 if you have any questions regarding this matter.


Should I be worried about x-ray radiation?

No. X-rays will probably be necessary during appointment and treatment, but there is nothing to worry about. We are proud to be an eco-friendly office and use digital radiography rather than the traditional x-ray machines. Digital imaging produces levels of radiation that are up to 75% lower than conventional x-rays.


What about infection control?

Our office follows all standards and guidelines set by the OSHA, American Dental Association, and the Centers for Disease Control. Our tools and instruments are sanitized and then sterilized utilizing the most advanced and state of the art equipment. In doing this, we eliminate the risk of infection.


What happens after treatment?

After your treatment has been completed, a record of your procedure will be sent to your restorative dentist. Please contact their office for an examination and follow-up appointment within several days of your treatment at our office. Your dentist will decide what type of restoration is necessary to further protect your tooth and mouth.

Complications after treatment are extremely rare for endodontic procedures. If any questions or concerns arise, please contact our office 24 hours a day, at (860) 434-7434.

Location

Hamburg Cove Endodontics
248 Hamburg Road
(Route 156)
Lyme, CT 06371
(860) 434-7434

Office Hours

Mon - Fri
9am to 5pm