A typical visit begins with completing forms, which includes your medical history and consent forms. It is advisable to bring a list of all the medications (over-the-counter and prescription) that you regularly/have taken within the past month. One of our dental assistants will review and chart your concerns and referring dentist’s information before taking digital images of your teeth.
Once your digital images are complete, one of our endodontists will review your information and evaluate your symptoms prior to testing the area in question along with adjacent teeth. After the tests are complete, a diagnosis will be made to determine the best treatment care and prognosis. The endodontist will make you aware of the benefits, options, and risks involved in order for you to understand how endodontic treatment can relieve your pain and/or save your tooth. Possible post-treatment decisions such as a crown on the treated tooth also will be discussed and communicated with you and your general dentist.
Frequently, treatment can be done the same day as the consultation. However, a complex medical history or treatment plan will require an evaluation and a second appointment to provide treatment on another day. Before treatment begins, you will receive local anesthesia to numb any sensations you may feel during the procedure. If the procedure is unable to be completed within one visit, medicine may be placed inside the tooth between appointments.
Once your procedure is complete, you will be provided with review sheets that include your post-treatment instructions and what to expect over the next few days. Be sure to contact your endodontist if you have any questions or concerns regarding your treatment.
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