Learn How To Prepare For Your Upcoming Root Canal Treatment
If you are scheduled to undergo root canal therapy, you may be wondering what you should do before you head into the office for the procedure. Preparation is key so you know what to expect and are not surprised on the date of your appointment. Keep reading to learn what you need to know when preparing for root canal treatment at Precision Endodontics, PC. As always, if you have questions about your upcoming treatment, you can always contact our office and we would be happy to answer any questions you have.
Find Out If Your Dental Insurance Covers Your Root Canal Treatment
A lot of patients that are in need of root canal therapy will ask about coverage through their dental insurance. When preparing for root canal treatment, knowing the costs associated with the procedure is high on the list of priorities for most people, and we participate in several major dental insurance plans. Most dental insurances will cover at least a portion of the root canal procedure, and some even cover 100%.
The extent of your coverage is based on your employer and your specific dental insurance plan, but our office staff will work with you and submit all the paperwork for you. We can even give you a pre-estimate so you have a clear picture of your potential out-of-pocket costs before we get started. If you have questions about your insurance coverage, please contact us and let our staff help you understand your coverage.
Getting Familiar With The Procedure
Once you’ve committed to undergoing root canal therapy, you may be concerned that the procedure will be painful. You might wonder if you should be sedated, or if this is something that you don’t want to remember. Patients will be happy to hear that the entire procedure itself will be painless. It should actually be boring. In 17 years of practice, we have never sedated anyone because we’ve never felt the need to sedate anyone.
In addition to the cost, the downsides of being sedated include having to make sure you have a driver with you to drive you home after your procedure. Also, you’ll have to take the entire day off from work, and someone will have to take you home and watch you after the procedure. Once you step foot in our office, we try to make every patient feel completely comfortable and at ease.
Each operatory is customized specifically with the patient in mind. When you sit in the chair preparing for root canal treatment, we will ask you to choose whatever type of music you’d like to hear during the procedure. If you have anxiety over the treatment, we even have a therapy dog named “Coco” that can sit on your lap during the treatment to help ease your concerns. We make the experience comfortable and pleasant so that, once you leave, the anesthesia goes away and you can go about your normal life.
Post-Root Canal Treatment Preparation
A lot of patients are referred to us by their dentists. The dentist will usually recommend some type of restorative treatment after we complete our root canal therapy. If the tooth in question is a big molar in the back with large metal or tooth-colored fillings that we have to remove or there’s a large amount of decay, the most frequent recommendation is to cover the whole tooth with something that will protect it, such as a crown or cap.
For front teeth, depending on the specific situation, we may be able to provide a treatment that eliminates the need for major restorative work after the root canal. Every case is unique and depends on a variety of factors, and the condition of your teeth. We pride ourselves on investing in the latest dental technology to ensure your treatment is painless and less invasive than traditional root canal treatment.
If you have questions about preparing for root canal treatment, please contact our Endodontist in Buffalo, NY and let us put a smile on your face!
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