Frequently Asked Questions
Many of our patients have lots of questions about endodontics and the services our team provides. Carefully review the following frequently asked questions and answers, and feel free to reach out to the Woodhill Endodontics team for additional information or to book your appointment.
Some of our patients have questions about endodontics and the services our team provides. Below are some of the frequently asked questions and answers. Feel free to reach out to the Dallas Endodontics team for additional information or to book your appointment.
The American Dental Association recognizes endodontics as a specialized area of dentistry that focuses on the care of the insides of the teeth, including the roots and pulp. Endodontists are dentists who have completed specialized certification in the field of endodontics and focus on caring for and preserving the tissues within and around the teeth. Proper endodontic treatment can help preserve a patient’s natural teeth by removing diseased pulp that develops from trauma, gum disease, infection, or other causes.
Many dental insurance plans include coverage for endodontic treatment. We work closely with each patient to maximize insurance reimbursements for covered procedures. During your initial intake appointment, a Dallas Endodontics team member will review your insurance information and help you better understand your coverage options.
Our office uses an advanced non-film system called digital radiography. This x-ray system produces up to 90% less radiation per use than standard x-ray machines and allows us to easily provide our patients with digital copies of their x-rays. While there is some radiation, it’s about 100th of what a typical CT scan would emit.
The team at Dallas Endodontics ensures there is minimal risk of infection when you come to our office for treatment. We adhere to all health and safety standards set forth by the American Dental Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Our autoclave and barrier sterilization techniques eliminate the risk of infection in our treatment center.
After your root canal or other endodontic procedure, our team will send your radiographs and treatment record to your dentist so you can arrange restorative follow-up care. In some cases, a patient may need to visit Dallas Endodontics again for follow-up treatment before going to a general dentist for restorative treatment. Complications with microsurgery or typical endodontic treatments are very rare, but the Dallas team is available to address any and all concerns as they arise. Dallas Endodontics also offers a Patient Portal that allows our patients to quickly and conveniently access their treatment records, x-rays, and other documentation from a web browser.
The treatment of teeth using endodontic methods helps to keep your natural teeth. Saving your natural tooth allows you to maintain the natural structure of your mouth and jaw, allowing you to continue chewing normally. In fact, in a study conducted by Dallas's Dr. Ayik and others found that endodontically treated natural teeth may provide more effective contact during chewing compared with implant-supported restorations, leading to more efficient chewing.
Root canals are a fairly common procedure in the United States; over 15 million root canals occur each year. The most common symptoms include tooth tenderness, swelling in the mouth and face, and tooth pain. If you report these symptoms to a general dentist, the dentist will likely refer you to an endodontist for treatment. It’s vital to ask a dentist or endodontist about any symptoms you experience that may indicate the need for a root canal.
The team at Dallas Endodontics aims to lessen discomfort for every procedure we perform. All endodontists must have at least two years of training beyond dental school, which means they specialize in treating the most sensitive areas of our mouths with advanced learning techniques. Our doctors are highly trained, skillful, and adept at leveraging advancing technology for our patients’ benefit. This translates to more patient comfort, less anxiety, and less pain.