TOMORROW'S ENDODONTICS TODAY.
Due to major advances in Endodontics and dental anesthesia, pain
and anxiety do not have to be a part of your experience. Use of a topical
anesthetic on the gums combined with a “novocaine-type” anesthetic
injection is all that is needed to keep most patients comfortable. In
cases of hyper-inflamed teeth, different types and techniques of anesthetic
are available to insure profound numbness of the involved teeth. If necessary
we can also prescribe nitrous oxide, which is laughing gas, as an oral
pre-medication. With the help of these tools and our office’s calm
and relaxing environment, we will try our best to ensure that your visit
with us will be an enjoyable one.
Endodontics is the branch of dentistry dedicated to
alleviating pain caused by the inflammation or the infection of the pulp,
which is within the root canal of a tooth.
As new technological advances are made, we will strive to implement those
that help us provide the highest standard of endodontic treatment.
Two such advances that we use are:
OPERATING MICROSCOPE: Offering increased magnification
and illumination, the operating microscope allows us to see even the most
minuscule part of the affected area.
DIGITAL RADIOGRAPHY: This new technology reduces radiation
exposure to the patient by approximately 90%. Also, instead of being “chemically
developed” the image can immediately be displayed on a computer
screen, allowing both the doctor and the patient to track the progress
of the procedure.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
· First, we bring you into the treatment room, where we
take digital X-rays. Although you may have brought film from your referring
dentist, we must take radiographs at several different angles to ensure
proper diagnosis and treatment.
· The doctor will review the digital X-rays, examine the area,
and discuss with you the diagnosis and treatment options.
· If you decide to proceed with the treatment at that time, the
doctor will administer anesthetic to numb the area.
· A protective shield is the placed around the affected tooth to
keep it clean and dry.
· A small opening is made through the surface of the tooth into
the pulp chamber, where the diseased pulp is removed and the root canal(s)
is cleaned and disinfected.
· After the root canal(s) is cleaned, disinfected and dried, the
endodontist fills the canal(s) with a biocompatible rubber-like material
called “gutta-percha.” This material is placed with an adhesive
cement to ensure complete sealing of the root canal(s). In most cases,
a temporary filling is placed to close the small opening. This temporary
filling will be removed by your dentist before the tooth is restored.
· It is critical for you to return to your general dentist for
final restoration of the tooth.
· With proper restoration and maintenance care-as long as the roots
are properly nourished by surrounding tissue- your tooth will remain healthy.
· One year after completion of you endodontic treatment, we will
send you a reminder card to schedule an appointment for an X-ray and exam
to check that the affected area has healed completely. There is no fee
for this follow-up visit.
INVESTING IN YOUR TEETH AND YOUR HEALTH………
Fees for endodontic procedures are based on the time and extent
of treatment required. Payment may be made with cash, personal check,
or major credit cards.
We simply refuse to compromise any patient’s dental health for
the sake of an insurer. As a courtesy to you, we will make every effort
to help you receive maximum allowable benefits and timely reimbursement
from your insurance, by submitting the claim and paperwork for you.
A WORD ABOUT OUR STAFF
Staff competence is a must at Apex Endodontics. For this reason,
we provide continuing education and in-service training. The results are
highly-trained, dedicated professionals here to do their best for the
FOR YOUR SCHEDULING CONVENIENCE
By offering staggered hours, we hope to offer convenient times
during the morning, lunch and evening. Please let us know what times are
best for you and we will try to accommodate your schedule.
Should an emergency arise when we are not in the office, the
doctor is always accessible by calling: 201-750-PULP (7857)