What To Expect During Your First Visit
Our goal is to make your root canal treatment the best possible dental procedure ever. We understand there are few people who embrace tooth pain and actually enjoy dental procedures. That’s why we take exceptional care to make the process as comfortable, simple, and transparent as possible so you know what to expect. When we’re all on the same page, we’re able to most effectively do our job, which is to save your tooth and get you back to feeling normal as quickly as possible.
Here’s what we need to know when you connect with our front desk team :
- Have you been a patient in our office before?
- What is the name of your referring dentist?
- We need your name, birthdate, address and contact information
- What tooth or area of your mouth do we need to evaluate?
- Are you having any discomfort with your tooth?
- Is there a day or time of the week that works best for your schedule?
After scheduling your appointment, we will send new patient paperwork to your home. You will bring the completed new patient information to your appointment along with a referral slip from your dentist. Included with the paperwork is a map with directions to our office, or you can find our office location here. Our office will contact you two days prior to confirm your appointment and address any last-minute questions you may have.
Establish your need for special endodontic treatment through a medical history and pulpal examination. Pulpal exam means root canal treatment assessment. If you need a root canal, we can help. If you don’t, we’ll let you know that and suggest an alternative treatment plan.
Take endodontic records such as safe digital radiographs and, if appropriate, begin treatment immediately
Educate you about the cause of your endodontic condition, the treatment sequence, and the projected course of healing
The fees for your endodontic treatment will be based on the extent of treatment
During your first visit we will determine the probable number of visits, duration of visits, and your investment fee. Our policy is that your care be paid for during the course of treatment
Save your tooth and prepare a firm support for your dentist’s restoration
Connect you with your family dentist for a protective crown, bridge or other dental device
Examine your tooth periodically to check healing
Frequently Asked Questions
Can my tooth be saved?
Endodontic treatment has over a 95% success rate
How long can I expect my tooth to last?
When treated successfully, it should last for your lifetime
What will be my experience?
Our patients report, “a positive, comfortable, and compassionate experience”
How many visits will be necessary?
Usually one (1) appointment following the initial visit, which is devoted to diagnosis and consultation. Diagnosis and treatment will be combined whenever possible.
Why should I save my tooth?
Unnecessary extraction of a tooth is financially and biologically costly. From a financial perspective, an extraction, replacement bridge, or implant may often cost more than endodontic treatment and restoration. In terms of biology, extraction alone, without replacement can have many unhealthy biological side effects and consequences that can include compromised speech, loss of support structure for neighboring teeth, and premature aging of your facial appearance. A tooth replacement can injure adjacent anchor teeth, is weaker, and is more difficult than natural teeth to keep clean. In short, there is no substitute for your own tooth. Your tooth is the real thing and we will do everything in our power to help save it!
Who are your endodontists?
Our team of endodontists, are listed on our team page. Our doctors are AAE Certified and take great care to ensure you have the best treatment possible.
Is a root canal painful?
Many endodontic procedures are performed to relieve the pain of toothaches caused by pulp inflammation or infection. Our endodontists understand a great deal about pain management. With modern techniques and anesthetics, the vast majority of patients report that they are comfortable during the procedure. For the first few days after treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. Over-the-counter medications, such as Advil® or Tylenol®, are usually enough to manage this sensitivity. In some cases, prescription medications may be necessary and are available from your endodontist. Follow your endodontist’s instructions carefully.
Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your endodontic treatment is completed. Of course, if you experience pressure or pain that lasts more than a few days, contact us.
How does endodontic treatment save the tooth?During root canal treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected. It is then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth. Modern root canal treatment is very similar to having a routine filling and usually can be completed in one or two appointments, depending on the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances. You can expect a comfortable experience during and after your appointment. Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages:
- Efficient chewing
- Normal biting force and sensation
- Natural appearance
- Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain