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Endodontists of Illinois


General Information

Common Questions

How long will my treatment take?

Usually, a root canal takes from 1-2 hours, depending on the complexity.  Sometimes, a root canal will take multiple appointments due to retreating a previous root canal, placing medication inside of the tooth to help get rid of bacteria, or if the anatomy is very difficult.  We strive to make sure you receive the finest treatment possible.

Will the treatment be painful?

We will take every measure to ensure that your procedure is in no way uncomfortable or painful. If treatment is needed, we will inject a small amount of anesthesia to gently numb a concentrated area of your mouth. For most patients, the feeling of numbness usually subsides after 2-3 hours.

Do I need to see my general dentist after my root canal?

Yes.  In the majority of cases, you need to return to your general dentist for a final filling, and possibly a crown.  You should see your dentist within one month of completion of your root canal.  Waiting any longer may allow the temporary filling placed by Dr. Evans to leak, which could cause future dental problems.

Will I need to return to your office for follow-ups after the procedure is finished?

Yes, for most root canal treatments, we recommend that patients return to the office one year after the procedure is finished. Our office will send a reminder notice to you when you are due for a recall appointment.