Find answers to frequently asked endodontics questions below. Can’t find the information you need? Please contact us.
Question: I’m worried about x-rays. Should I be?
Answer: No. While x-rays will be necessary during your endodontic treatment, we use an advanced non-film computerized system, called digital radiography, that produces radiation levels up to 90 percent lower than those of already low dose conventional dental x-ray machinery. These digital images can be optimized, archived, printed and sent to co-therapists via e-mail.
Question: What about infection?
Answer: Again, there’s no need for concern. We adhere to the most rigorous standards of infection control advocated by The Ontario Health and Safety Act. We utilize autoclave sterilization and barrier techniques to eliminate any risk of infection.
Question: What happens after treatment?
Answer: When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. You should contact their office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks. Your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is rare for patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we are available to respond.
Question:What new technologies are being used?
Operating Microscopes:In addition to digital radiography, we utilize special operating microscopes. Magnification and fiber optic illumination are helpful in aiding the doctor to see tiny details inside your tooth. Also, a tiny video camera on the operating microscope can record images of your tooth to further document the doctor’s findings.