This is a common concern, especially given the bad reputation root canals have. In our office, we do all that we can to eliminate any kind of discomfort during root canal procedures. We use a local anesthetic each time we perform a root canal. You can expect your mouth to remain numb for as long as 2-3 hours.
The diagnosis and consultation typically take 1 hour. The root canal itself will take an additional hour. Plan on your appointment lasting 2 hours total if you would like both done on the same day.
Yes, you can. In fact, the vast majority of our patients go about the rest of their day as normal, even returning to work if it’s early in the day.
We recommend that our patients follow-up with us 12 months after the initial root canal procedure, just to ensure that your issue is fully resolved and that the tooth and gums are healing properly.
As soon as the numbness has worn off (usually 2-3 hours), you can chew normally. If you need to eat before that time, we recommend soft foods such as milkshakes and soups. It’s generally best to avoid hard foods (like ice, popcorn and nuts) until after your permanent restoration has been completed.
We accept personal check, as well as all major credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.