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Frequently Asked Questions

I am worried about x-rays.  Should I be?


No.  While x-rays will be necessary during your endodontic treatment, we use an advanced non-film computerized system called digital radiography, which 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 co therapists via email or diskette.


What about infection control?


Again, there is no need for concern.  We adhere to the most rigorous standards of infection control advocated by the international disease control organization.  We utilize autoclave sterilization and barrier techniques to eliminate any risk of infection.


What happens after treatment?


When your root canal therapy has been completed, the restorative dentist will need the original radiographs and a record of your treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist.  You will need to contact the office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks after completion at our office.  Your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth.  It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery.  If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond.


What new technologies are being used?


Operating Microscopes:

In addition to digital radiography, we utilize special operating microscopes.  Magnification and fiber optic illumination are helpful in aiding the doctor to see tiny details inside your tooth.  Also, a tiny video camera on the operating microscope can record images of your tooth to further document the doctor’s findings.


Electric Apex Locator:


In certain cases, electric apex locators can minimize the number of x-rays needed to complete root canal treatment.




Ultrasonic instruments can be valuable to remove or loosen obstructions that would otherwise prevent reliable endodontic therapy.