What is Endodontic treatment?
Endodontic treatment is a procedure which involves the elimination of dental pulp infected by bacteria, whether brought on by physical, chemical or mechanical means. This treatment is required to restore correct tooth function.
How do I know if I need an Endodontic treatment?
The most likely symptoms are:
Pain in a tooth (teeth should not hurt; if you have pain you should consider a consultation).
Excessive sensibility (when drinking or eating cold or hot food).
Pain when chewing.
Feeling that there is something under the tooth.
Dental trauma (fracture of a tooth).
Change of color of the tooth.
Is Endodontic treatment painful?
No, before starting endodontic treatment very powerful anaesthetics are used to block the nerves in the mouth so that the treatment is painless.
How much does Endodontia cost?
At the beginning of the appointment there will be a pre-treatment diagnosis which consists in:
If, after understanding what will be involved, the patient decides to initiate treatment on that first day, he/she must pay the consutation fee plus 80% of the total cost of the treatment on that day. The remainder of the cost is paid at the second session.
- Previous endodontic diagnoses.
- Taking x-rays of the inside of the mouth.
- Tests of sensibility of the infected tooth.
- Evaluation of sensibility inside and outside the mouth.
- General explanation of the final treatment.
How many sessions are necessary for an Endodontic treatment?
The number of sessions depends on the tooth being treated and the previous diagnosis.
If it is a molar, then 2 or 3 sessions are required.
If it is a premolar or incisor, then 1 or 2 sessions are required.
What are the symptoms after Endodontic treatment?
After the treatment is done, generally there is some sensibility which ranges from light to moderate and an analgesic is prescribed for you to help lessen these symptoms. This happens in a small percentage of clinical cases.
What do I have to do after finishing my Endodontic treatment?
You will have to go to the doctor who treated you for rehabilitation right away so your tooth does not risk re-infection.
How much time do I have for my tooth to be rehabilitated after my Endodontia is over?
You have 7 to 10 days to rehabilitate your tooth. When your Endodontia is over a temporary dressing will be placed. It is only for this period. You must call the doctor who treated you to get an appointment quickly so there is no risk of contamination.