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Endodontics (Root Canal) – New Orleans, LA

Endodontic Treatment

One of the most prevalent dental problems that we all face is disease and infection. In fact, over 90% of adults suffer from some form of gum disease, varying in how severe the problem may be. That’s why the job of an endodontist is so important for dental care. But what is an endodontist? And how does their role differ from what we know as a standard dentist?

Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about what endodontics is and why it’s so important you visit an endodontist dentist if you’re experiencing the most severe signs and symptoms of gum disease.

Why choose Uptown Endodontics for your treatment?

  • Specialty training

  • Years of experience

  • Advanced technology

  • Exceptional patient care

Root Canal – New Orleans, LA

What is Endodontics?

Endodontics is a branch of dental care that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of teeth pain, disease and infection. This specialist area of expertise typically involves treating the ‘dental pulp’ – the softer inner tissue that’s found inside of the tooth.

So what is an endodontist? An endodontist is a dental professional who has gone through extra training to specialize in specifically dealing with endodontic problems. Their role is to treat all types of issues that arise with dental pulp, quite literally treating the root of the problem for patients suffering from severe and painful signs of tooth damage or gum disease.

Root canal treatment is a type of endodontics surgery that treats an infected root canal by removing the inflamed dental pulp inside of the infected tooth. It’s a common misconception that root canal treatment is an extremely painful procedure, but rest assured that the treatment is actually relatively quick and pain-free.

Before your visit for root canal therapy:

  • Bring a list of all medications you are taking.

  • Eat breakfast or lunch to ensure that your blood glucose level remains stable.
  • Take all medications prescribed by your doctor.
  • Do not take pain relievers on the day of your visit such as advil, aspirin or Tylenol because they mask your pain and may interfere with proper diagnosis.
  • If you require prophylactic antibiotics before dental visits for a prosthetic heart valve or orthopedic prosthesis (artificial hip, knee, elbow, etc.), please call our office for instructions.
  • If you have had surgery within the last 6 months, please let us know in advance.
  • If you are pregnant or nursing please let us know in advance.
  • All patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied on each visit by their parent or legal guardian.

After your visit for root canal therapy:

  • Do not eat anything until the numbness is gone from your local anesthesia.
  • You may drink fluids if desired.
  • Avoid chewing on the tooth until it is restored by your general dentist.
  • Some soreness may be present in the treated area for several days. This is normal.
  • Take 2-3 Advil, Tylenol, or Aspirin immediately after leaving the office. It may be necessary to take Advil, Tylenol or Aspirin for 24-72 hours after treatment as well.
  • If you are given a narcotic prescription such as hydrocodone, take it only if the over the counter medication is not effective.
  • If antibiotics have been prescribed, take them as directed. Women who are taking birth control pills should use barrier contraception when taking an antibiotic.
  • Return to our office for any necessary completion, check-up, or re-care appointment.
  • Return to your general dentist for your crown 7-10 days after root canal treatment.

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Uptown Endodontics. Napoleon Medical Center, 2633 Napoleon Ave # 701, New Orleans, LA 70115

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