Before scheduling a root canal treatment, it’s important to understand why you need it, if you have treatment options and what to expect after your treatment. We’ve put together a helpful list of questions to ask your endodontist before you undergo treatment for your root canal system infection.
Question 1: What Caused My Root Canal System Infection?
Finding out the origin of your root canal system infection will help you determine the viable treatment options for resolving your infection, as well as help you take steps toward preventing the need for root canal therapy in the future.
Question 2: Is a Root Canal Procedure Absolutely Necessary?
If you have a root canal system infection, you absolutely must seek treatment as it will not resolve itself.* However, you do have treatment options to get rid of the infection. While extraction is always an option, it’s the last any endodontist will recommend in cases where the tooth can be saved—saving your natural teeth is always the best option.**
Question 3: Will I Need Additional Treatment After My Root Canal Procedure?
If your tooth requires a crown, you will need to return to your dentist to have it placed in order to fully restore the tooth.*** With proper care, you’ll be able to keep your restored tooth for a lifetime, but it is possible for treated teeth to heal improperly, due to bacteria left in hard-to-reach areas of the tooth or post-treatment salivary contamination inside the tooth.† These instances will require either retreatment if eligible, or extraction if the tooth is no longer salvageable.††
Question 4: Can I Increase My Chances of a Successful Root Canal Procedure?
Yes! Following your provider’s post-treatment instructions and continuing to lightly brush and floss around the treatment area can help increase your chances of success.††† You’ll also want to reduce stress on the tooth by chewing on the opposite side of your mouth and avoiding crunchy or sticky foods.††† You can also inhibit dental bacteria from proliferating and stimulate healing by rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater.‡
To increase your chances of success from the start, you can opt to treat your root canal system infection with the GentleWave® Procedure. The GentleWave Procedure is the root canal therapy option so effective at cleaning the root canal system, there’s even less chance of failure over time.4 The high-tech fluid delivery and circulation process of the GentleWave Procedure provides unsurpassed cleaning and disinfection of the root canal system,1,2 while the minimally invasive1 protocol helps preserve more of the natural tooth structure4 and promote fast healing.4
Question 5: How Can I Find a GentleWave Provider?