Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Endodontics?

Endodontics is the dental specialization involving the soft inner tissue of the teeth, referred to as “pulp.”  Most commonly, people relate to this field of expertise as a root canal procedure, but there are many other situations, such as trauma and pain, where your dentist may refer you to edodontists to assess and determine the best course of treatment. The indepth study of root canal techniques and procedures allow Dr. Pla and Dr. Watts to treat cases that general dentists do not.

Will the Treatment Be Painful?

We will take every measure to ensure that your procedure is comfortable or pain-free. 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. Depending on the procedure, we will consult you on the appropriate medication to minimize the discomfort after the procedure. 

What Do I Do for Follow-Up?

We recommend that patients return to our office 6 months after the completion of a procedure. In some cases like trauma, the follow-up can continue from months to years to ensure your optimal health. These follow-ups are provided at no extra cost; they are inlcuded in the cost of the initial procedure. We will send a reminder notice to you when you are due for a recall appointment.

How Long is the Appointment Going to Take?

A patient consultation is roughly 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Depending on the needed treatment, a patient can be treated at this time or be scheduled for another appointment to complete treatment.

How Much Is It Going To Cost?

Costs are discussed during the consultation appointment.  At this time we will explain what insurance will cover, and estimate the Patient’s responsibility. We will bill your insurance company directly, and the Patient’s portion is collected at the time of service. Pla & Watts Endodontics is a preferred provider for a wide network, including Aetna, Ameritas, Cigna, Delta Dental, Dental Health Services, MetLife, Premera, Principal Financial Group, Regence, and The Standard.

Can I Go To Work The Next Day?

This varies by individual. Most patients do not have a problem working after a root canal treatment. Tylenol and Advil will usually take care of any discomfort.