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Perimeter Endodontics & Implants, LLC


General Information

Common Questions

Will the treatment be painful?

We will take every measure to ensure that your procedure is in no way uncomfortable or painful. If treatment is needed, we will inject a small amount of anesthesia to gently numb a concentrated area of your mouth. For most patients, the feeling of numbness usually subsides after 2-3 hours. Seeking treatment early makes the procedure more comfortable. 

Will I be in pain following the procedure?

You can expect for the area to be sore and tender for a few days following treatment.  An anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen or Tylenol®, taken consistently for three to four days is usually enough to control the discomfort.  If a severe infection and/or pain was present at the time of treatment, it may take a little longer for the symptoms to subside. 

Can I resume my normal activities following treatment?

It is possible to return to your normal routine immediately following treatment.  Maintaining a regimen of anti-inflammatory medication after your treatment will help with any discomfort. In case you are prescribed a medication that causes drowsiness, it is important that you do not drive or operate machinery while taking these medications.

Will I need to return to your office for follow-ups after the procedure is finished?

Yes, for most root canal treatments, we recommend that patients return to the office 6 months after the procedure was finished. This is a complimentary service for you! Our office will send a reminder notice to you when you are due for a recall appointment.

I’m worried about x-rays. Should I be?

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 your dentist via e-mail or CD-ROM.

Will I be awake for my procedure?

Yes. This is a very frequently asked question. For the procedure, you will be given local anesthetic, similar to what you would experience with any other type of dental procedure, such as a crown or filling. We do have nitrous oxide available for your comfort, for an additional fee. If this is an option you are interested in, please feel free to let us know when you make your appointment. 

Can I go back to work or school after my visit?

Yes! In fact many of our patients ask for the first appointment in the morning, or even come on their lunch break. The area of your mouth that is worked on will be numb for a few hours following your procedure, but it should not interfere at all with your day to day activities.

How long will my filling last?

The filling placed in the biting surface of your tooth is designed to last ideally two to four weeks. It is crucial to see your general dentist for a permanent restoration. Waiting longer than four weeks can cause your temporary filling to leak, thus contaminating your newly completed root canal therapy.

Are you a member of my insurance network?

We are currently not members of any insurance network plans.  However, as long as you are in a plan that allows you to see a dentist of your choice (PPO), we will file your insurance for you and maximize your benefits.  Most of our patients find out their out of pocket copay portions at our office are similar to in-network providers.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept cash, personal check, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.