As soon as you contact our office and make your appointment, we will
email you a link to your personalized log-in and password so that you can fill in and review all the required forms at home prior to your appointment. Once you arrive at our office, you will only need to sign your forms, saving you time the day of your appointment. If you are unable to fill in the forms prior to your appointment, please arrive 30 minutes before your appointment time. Alternatively, you can bring a list of all the medications (over-the-counter and prescription) that you have taken within the past month.
You should also bring the referral slip and any radiographs (x-rays) that your dentist may have given you.
Minors should be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian on the first appointment.
We ask that you not take any pain medication 8 hours prior to your appointment time. This is necessary since the pain medication may interfere with our diagnostic tests. Do not discontinue any prescription medication before your appointment. If any changes are necessary to your prescription medication prior to your treatment, your endodontist will contact your physician.
Once all forms are signed, a dental assistant will take you to the treatment room where she will review and chart your chief complaint and history of the tooth pain before taking x-rays of your teeth. We will do everything to make you comfortable during your appointment. Since it can be a little cold at our office, we always have warm blankets available if you need one.
Once your first set of x-rays are complete, you will be greeted by your endodontist, who will review your paperwork and evaluate symptoms prior to testing the tooth in question along with adjacent teeth. After the tests are complete, a diagnosis will be given to determine the best treatment care and prognosis. Possible post-treatment decisions such as a crown on the treated tooth will be addressed. Your endodontist will make you aware of the benefits, options and risks involved in order for you to understand how endodontic treatment can save your tooth.
If you decide to receive treatment, the procedure may start immediately. Before treatment begins, you will receive local anesthesia to numb any sensation 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, additional x-rays are taken to track the success of the treatment. You will be provided with review sheets that include your post-operatory instructions and what to expect over the next few days. Patients usually can drive after the procedure and can go back to their normal activities right after endodontic treatment.