Making an Appointment:
If your dentist believes you need endodontic therapy, they may have referred you to our office. If you don’t already have an appointment, please contact us today and we’ll be happy to get you scheduled. Your initial appointment will consist of a consultation explaining your diagnosis and treatment options. Occasionally, 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.
Our care team will give you instructions on what to do before your appointment.
You will most likely be advised to do the following:
- Take your regular medication as prescribed by your doctor including antibiotics and other medications.
- Do not smoke or drink alcoholic beverages from 12 hours before your procedure to 72 hours after.
- Avoid chewy, hard or sticky foods immediately before and for a few days after your procedure.
- Please eat a full meal.
- Bring your referral slip
- Bring a list of medications you are currently taking
- Bring your medical or dental insurance. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.
- If you prefer to do so, you can fill out our registration form below and bring it in with you.
Upon entering the treatment room, you’ll be seated in a comfortable chair. Before we do anything, we will talk with you to see how you’re feeling and answer any questions you may have.
Next, we will perform a comprehensive examination of the infected tooth and most likely take a few painless digital X-rays. Once we review the results, we will discuss them with you and go over your treatment options. In most cases, one root canal is all that is needed for any given tooth. However, on rare occasions, retreatment or an apicoectomy may be necessary to save the tooth.
Depending on the stage of infection, your tooth may be sore after treatment. This is completely normal and we will give you specific instructions to help manage this discomfort.
A small minority of patients experience swelling in the treated area. If this happens, please call our office immediately.
We recommend a diet of soft foods for the first few days after your root canal. The soreness should go away in a week or so. While the tooth may feel different from your other teeth for a couple of weeks, it should feel completely normal after roughly one month.
Home Care Instructions:
Your tooth and surrounding gum tissue may be slightly tender for several days as a result of manipulation during treatment and previous condition of your tooth. This tenderness is normal and is no cause for alarm. Do not chew food on the affected side until your endodontic therapy is completed and your tooth is covered with a protective restoration provided by your restorative dentist. You may continue your regular dental hygiene regimen. Discomfort may be alleviated by taking ibuprofen (Advil), aspirin, or acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed.
Approximately six months after your treatment, you may be contacted to schedule a follow-up visit at our office. During this visit, we’ll examine the tooth to make sure it’s healing properly. Continuing follow-up visits may be scheduled every six months for up to two years until the tooth is completely healed.