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Frequently Asked Questions


What is an endodontist?

An endodontist is first a general dentist who then undergoes an additional two to three years of specialty training that focuses only on endodontic procedures.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

  • Pain and sensitivity to hot and cold

  • Pain while chewing or biting

  • Chipped or cracked teeth

  • Facial swelling

  • Swelling or a bump around the tooth

  • Trauma to the teeth

How many appointments will it take?

Most endodontic treatments take one or two visits to complete. The cost does not change depending on the number of visits required.

Do I need a referral to schedule?

Though most patients are referred to our office by their general dentist, we are more than happy to schedule an appointment without a referral. Give us a call- we look forward to meeting you!

Do root canals hurt?

This is a common misconception- the short answer is no. Dr. Grissom will ensure that you are adequately numb throughout the procedure so that this is an enjoyable experience for you.

Will my insurance cover the cost?

Each patient's insurance plan varies depending on the contract that you signed with your insurer. Our team will be happy to assist you in filing your claim so that you can maximize your benefits.

Root Canal Treatment

When you need a root canal, this means that the nerve of your tooth has become inflamed or infected. Whatever the cause might be, root canal treatment removes the nerve of your tooth in order to relieve or prevent tooth pain. Dr. Grissom will ensure that you are completely numb and comfortable throughout the procedure. Once our treatment is completed you will return to your regular dentist for a final restoration. 

Root Canal Retreatment

Dr. Grissom will remove the filling materials placed in the root canals and then carefully examine the tooth to look for additional canals, fractures, or sign of new infection. Dr. Grissom then cleans the canals, and places new filling materials within the roots. Dr. Grissom will seal the opening with a temporary filling, and then you will return to your dentist to assess if the tooth needs a new crown, or if you only need a filling in the old crown.

Endodontic Microsurgery

Sometimes teeth have persistent infections following retreatment and require an additional procedure known as endodontic microsurgery. Dr. Grissom is one of the only endodontists in the state to offer this procedure. Using our state-of-the-art technology, Dr. Grissom is able to locate the infection at the end of the root and remove it to allow you to save your natural tooth for many years. 

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