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Endodontic Treatment and Endodontic Surgery

What is an Endodontist?
An Endodontist is a specialist in root canal therapy dealing with the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases of the dental pulp. He or she must complete a two- year postgraduate program in advanced training specializing in Endodontics. 

What is Endodontic Treatment?
After your diagnosis is made by an Endodontist, access through the enamel and dentin is made after which the diseased or traumatized blood vessels and nerves are removed. In its place an inert biocompatible filling material is inserted and molded into the space formerly occupied by the blood vessels and nerves.  A temporary filling is placed where access was made into the root canal. Your Endodontist will inform you when to return to your general dentist for the final restoration to replace the temporary filling. Post operative instructions will be given to you after your procedure. 

What is Endodontic Surgery?
On rare occasions a root canal treated tooth may not heal.  In such cases there are other surgical options that could prolong the life of the tooth. 

What is Post Operative Care?
Verbal and written instructions are given to each patient after the procedure. The patient should not chew on the side where treatment was performed until your general dentist completes the final restoration to protect the tooth from fracture. It is normal to experience some minor discomfort after the procedure. A prescription will be provided if necessary. 

Will I feel pain during the procedure?
Patients are made numb with local anesthesia to ensure that no pain is experienced during the procedure. 

Medical History
All patients are required by law to complete an accurate medical and dental health history form.  Dr. Browdy will discuss your medical history with you after you are brought into the treatment room.  One or more assistants will always be with you throughout the entire procedure.  After diagnostic images are taken a complete and comprehensive evaluation and discussion of treatment options will be explained to you. Patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

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