Endodontic Frequently Asked Questions

Endodontist in Grayslake

Grayslake Endodontics FAQ

Welcome to Grayslake Endodontics in Hainesville, IL, where our dedicated team, led by Dr. Max Montatskiy, is committed to providing exceptional endodontic care. As your trusted endodontist in Grayslake, we understand that having dental procedures can bring questions and concerns. We're here to ensure you feel informed, comfortable, and at ease every step of the way. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive:


Will the treatment be painful?

At Grayslake Endodontics, your comfort is our top priority. We take every measure to ensure that your procedure is not uncomfortable or painful. If treatment is needed, we will administer a small amount of anesthesia to gently numb your mouth's targeted area. For most patients, the sensation of numbness typically subsides after 2-3 hours. Our team ensures your experience is as comfortable and pain-free as possible.


What is an Endodontist, and what do they do?

Endodontists specialize in preserving teeth through endodontic therapy, which involves the soft inner tissue of the teeth, known as the pulp. The term "endodontic" is derived from "endo," meaning inside, and "odont," meaning tooth, originating from Greek. While all dentists receive training in diagnosis and endodontic therapy, certain teeth can be particularly challenging to diagnose and treat. This complexity is why you might be referred to an endodontic specialist like Dr. Max Montatskiy.


After dental school, endodontists undergo an additional two or more years of advanced education focusing on root canal techniques and procedures, particularly for diagnosing and treating complex cases. This specialized training is why many dentists refer their patients to endodontists for expert care.

What Happens During Endodontic Treatment? or What is a Root Canal?

During endodontic treatment, also known as a root canal, you receive a local anesthetic to ensure comfort. A protective sheet, commonly called a "rubber dam" (with non-latex options available), will be placed around the infected tooth to keep it clean and dry throughout the procedure.


The treatment involves three or four fundamental steps, although the number of visits can vary based on your specific situation. While some treatments require two visits, many are completed in just a single appointment. Occasionally, three appointments may be necessary, depending on the degree of infection/inflammation and the complexity of the treatment. Our philosophy at Grayslake Endodontics is to prioritize the quality of treatment over adhering to a strict time frame.


Will I need to return to your office for Additional Visits?

After the completion of endodontic therapy, it's essential to monitor your tooth periodically, typically every 6 – 12 months. These evaluations help us ensure that your tooth is healing or has healed correctly. Our office will send you a notification by mail when it's appropriate to reevaluate the area. Since an abscess may take up to 2 years to heal completely, we will reexamine the tooth for at least two years post-treatment.


At Grayslake Endodontics, we're committed to offering you the highest standard of care in a comfortable, patient-centered environment. If you have any more questions or wish to schedule an appointment, please don't hesitate to contact us. Dr. Max Montatskiy, your endodontist in Grayslake, and our skilled team are here to ensure your visit is as informative, reassuring, and comfortable as possible.


How do I know if I need endodontic treatment?

Symptoms such as prolonged dental sensitivity to heat or cold, tenderness of teeth to touch or chewing, discoloration of a tooth, and swelling or tenderness in the lymph nodes, nearby bone, and gingival tissues could suggest the need for endodontic treatment. However, in some cases, there may be no symptoms. Our expert team at Grayslake Endodontics will help diagnose your condition accurately and recommend the appropriate treatment.


Is endodontic treatment safe?

Yes, endodontic treatment is safe. Complications are rare, and when performed by a skilled endodontist in Grayslake, like Dr. Max Montatskiy, the procedures, such as root canal therapy, have a very high success rate. Our practice uses state-of-the-art technology and follows strict sterilization protocols to ensure the safety and effectiveness of every treatment.


Can all teeth be treated endodontically?

Most teeth can be treated. However, the feasibility of treatment depends on the root structure, accessibility of the tooth, and the degree of damage or infection. Sometimes, a tooth may not be amenable to endodontic treatment, and alternative treatments may be suggested. Dr. Max Montatskiy, your endodontist in Grayslake, and the team at Grayslake Endodontics will provide a comprehensive evaluation to determine the best course of action for your specific case.


How long does endodontic treatment last?

With proper care, most teeth undergoing endodontic treatment can last as long as natural teeth. However, it's crucial to return for periodic checks, as advised by your endodontist in Grayslake, Dr. Max Montatskiy. These visits are necessary to ensure the tooth is healing or has healed as expected. Proper oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups are vital to the longevity of endodontic treatment.


Will I be able to drive and return to normal activities after my treatment?

Most patients can resume their normal activities immediately after the procedure. The anesthetic used during the procedure typically wears off within a few hours, allowing you to return to your daily routine without significant disruption. However, it's recommended to avoid chewing on the treated tooth until it's fully restored to avoid any discomfort.


What is the success rate of endodontic treatments?

Endodontic treatments, particularly root canal treatments, have a very high success rate, often exceeding 95%. Success depends on various factors, including the extent of the infection/damage and the treatment's complexity. Grayslake Endodontics prides itself on providing high-quality care, utilizing advanced techniques and technologies to ensure the best outcomes for our patients.


What if my tooth hurts after the procedure?

Some discomfort or mild pain after the procedure is normal. It can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. However, suppose the pain persists, or you experience severe pain, swelling, or a reaction to the medication. In that case, contacting Grayslake Endodontics is essential for a follow-up.

At Grayslake Endodontics, we're dedicated to ensuring that your endodontic care is as seamless and comfortable as possible. If you have any more questions or are experiencing any symptoms that concern you, please contact us. Your endodontist in Grayslake, Dr. Max Montatskiy, and our compassionate team are always here to address your needs and ensure the health and longevity of your smile.