A typical visit begins with completing your medical history and consent forms. It is advisable to bring a list of all the medications (over-the-counter and prescription) that you have taken within the past month. One of our dental assistants will review and chart your concerns and review your referring dentist’s information before taking any 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 course of treatment that will lead to the best prognosis. The endodontist will make you aware of the benefits, options, alternatives 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 placing 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 may 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 written 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.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:
Your referral slip and any X-rays if applicable
A list of medications you are presently taking
If you have dental insurance, bring the necessary completed forms. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.
IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation visit.
Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern prior to treatment (i.e. diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, etc.) or if you are on any medication (i.e. heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.)