If you’re new to our practice or have never seen an endodontist before, you might have questions about what to expect. At the Root Canal Specialists of Baton Rouge, we want to provide you with the information you need so you’ll feel comfortable and confident in our care. Here are frequently asked questions and their answers.

You can expect your first visit to include a consultation explaining your diagnosis and treatment options. There are some important things you should know about this initial visit.

- Please do not take any pain medication prior to this consultation appointment (Aspirin, Tylenol, Advil, generic equivalents, etc.)

- Bring a list of all current medications you are taking

- Bring your dental insurance card

We will take digital X-rays at this consultation appointment. Please inform us if your dentist has given you historical X-rays.

There is no reason to be worried about diagnostic X-rays at our practice. We use digital radiography that produces radiation levels that are up to 90% lower than those created by conventional dental X-ray machinery.

One of the benefits of endodontic procedures is that they relieve tooth pain caused by inflamed or infected pulp. We provide local anesthesia during treatment so patients are comfortable and feel no pain.

After your procedure, you may experience tooth sensitivity or discomfort. Follow your endodontist’s post-operative instructions carefully, including whether over-the-counter medication is appropriate for relieving discomfort.

Make sure you contact us if you feel severe pain or pain that lasts longer than a few days.

You don’t need to worry about a higher risk of infection following an endodontic procedure. We adhere to the highest standards of infection control advocated by OSHA, the Centers for Disease Control, and the American Dental Association.

We use autoclave sterilization and barrier techniques to eliminate the risk of infection.

After your endodontic procedure, it’s important to see your dentist for a full restoration as soon as possible. Until you have had your tooth restored, avoid chewing or biting on the treated tooth. 

Most treated teeth last as long as other natural teeth. However, some teeth fail to heal or pain continues. Fortunately, another endodontic procedure can save the tooth.

After your root canal therapy, we will send a record of your treatment to your dentist. Contact their office to make a follow-up appointment for a dental restoration. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after treatment or microsurgery, but if a problem occurs please call our office. 

Contact Us with Questions or Concerns

If you have any other questions or concerns before or after your consultation or treatment, do not hesitate to contact our office. We are available at all times to respond.