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Common Questions

Will the treatment be painful?

There is certainly a reason for the stereotypes about root canals.  Despite modern anesthetics and techniques, not every root canal experience is completely pain free.  Dr. Weed used several different types of anesthetics as well as a variety of techniques to deliver them in the most comfortable way possible.  Your comfort is his priority. 

Local anesthetics generally subside after 3-4 hours.  While the feeling of numbness persists, it is recommended to refrain from eating to protect the lips and tongue from inadvertent trauma.  

In cases where pain is expected post-operatively, Dr. Weed will prescribe the appropriate anti-inflammatory and analgesic medications as indicated.  Most patients need nothing more than over-the-counter ibuprofen and acetaminophen (Tylenol). 

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

Yes.  Evaluating outcomes is one of the most important things we can do as doctors.  The only way to know our treatment outcomes is to measure them.  For most root canal treatments, we encourage you to return to the office after 6 months for a check-up. Our office will call you when we would like to see you again.  Dr. Weed never charges for follow-up visits (for life!...including x-rays).  Nothing would make him happier than to see you 20 years form the time of your treatment to evaluate your tooth. 

Why are you not contracted with any insurance providers?

Insurance companies receive certain legal protections enforced by law.  Their business model centers around a practice that collects more in premiums and investment income than they spend on incurred losses and underwriting expenses.  Thus, any way an insurance company can either increase revenue from premiums or reduce the amount paid out in claims will positively affect their bottom line.  

One of the ways an insurance company reduces the amount they pay out in claims is to sign contracts with providers.  The contract states that the provider must follow certain rules dictated by the insurance company and accept a reduced fee for each procedure; in exchange, the provider will be designated as "preferred" or "in-network" in advertisements to the patients.  

Dr. Weed provides the highest level of endodontic treatment available and the quality and reputation of his practice will not be compromised.  Most of the patients we see have dental insurance and choose to come to us for the quality of care they receive. They recognize the value our practice provides and any extra out-of-pocket expenses are well worth it. 

We electronically submit insurance claims as a service and convenience for our patients with appropriate codes.