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Frequently Asked Questions

As a specialty practice, we are dedicated to making patients feel comfortable and offering superior quality services in partnership with your general dentist. We know you likely have a number of questions for us, and we will be happy to answer them. Read our frequently asked questions below, and do not hesitate to contact us to find out more.

What is an endodontist?

An endodontist is a dentist who has completed all the requirements to earn a doctoral degree in dentistry. Additionally, endodontists must complete endodontic training that can range from two to three years or longer.

How do I know I need a root canal?

The only way to know for sure is to be examined by a dentist or endodontist. However it is important to contact your general dentist or Dr. Bishop right away if you experience a severe toothache especially when it is accompanied by sensitivity to changes in temperature. Even if you do not need a root canal, the situation needs to be addressed.

Can I Use Antibiotics to make the abscess go away?

When a tooth is infected, the blood supply (pulp) running through the tooth is affected as well.  As a result, there is no way to conduct the antibiotics to the needed area.  They do however, assist in controlling and eliminating infection in the surrounding bone before and after root canal therapy. 

It has been a few days since my root canal and I am still in discomfort. What do I do?

Call us right away. If you are still experiencing significant discomfort that is limiting your ability to chew foods or otherwise impeding your day to day activities, there may be something else wrong.

Do you take my insurance?

We are happy to process and file claims as a courtesy for our patients.  Please call our office for more specific guidelines on insurance.We are in-network with most Aetna and Cigna plans, give our office a call to learn more.

What if I need help covering the out of pocket costs of care?

We work with CareCredit to offer patients low and no interest financing plans. You can even get pre-approved online by visiting their website.

What will happen to my tooth after root canal therapy?

You will need to schedule an appointment with your general dentist to have a permanent restoration.  Your general dentist will assist you in the most suitable type of restoration.