Your Visit

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Please follow these guidelines in preparation for your visit:

  • Bring your referral, x-rays and insurance information, if any.
  • Eat breakfast or lunch before your appointment.
  • Arrive 10 minutes early to complete a few necessary forms. Bring a complete list of all medications.
  • Take all of your routine medications, including aspirin therapy, if applicable.  However, do not take medication for discomfort (i.e., ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Aleve, etc.) on the day of your first visit because it may mask symptoms and hinder diagnosis.
  • If you require prophylactic antibiotics before dental visits for a prosthetic heart valve or orthopedic prosthesis (artificial hip, knee, elbow, etc.), please call our office for instructions.
  • All patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by or have written permission from their parent or legal guardian.
  • 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, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you are on any medication (i.e. heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.)

Consultation Visit:

Your initial appointment will consist of any necessary x-rays, diagnosis and a consultation regarding your treatment options. If your treatment plan calls for a root canal, we will schedule another appointment for treatment, unless you are experiencing discomfort and we will offer to provide treatment to relieve your pain that same day.


Root Canal Treatment Visit:

Non-surgical treatment removes the injured pulp and cleanses and seals the canal system. This therapy normally involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. We will inform you as soon as possible if we determine that your tooth is not suitable for root canal treatment or the prognosis changes any time during the course of treatment. In most cases, after endodontic treatment, you will be comfortable returning immediately to your normal routine.
 
When your root canal therapy has been completed, we will send a record of the treatment to your general dentist. You should contact their office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of completion of treatment at our office. Meanwhile, to prevent fracture, avoid eating on the treated tooth until it is restored. Your dentist will consult with you about what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth.

 

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