Your First Visit
Your first appointment with our office is to evaluate the situation. Make sure to show up for your appointment 10 minutes early to fill out any necessary paperwork. To help you fill out these forms properly, remember to bring your insurance card, subscriber information, and a referral from your general dentist. Bring a list of medications you are taking and any allergies that you may have.
During your consultation, we review the existing structure to create a personalized plan for you. Unfortunately, not all teeth can be saved by root canal treatment. If the root canals are not accessible, the root is severely fractured, or the tooth doesn't have adequate bone support, then there is a possibility that the tooth cannot be saved.
Clinical testing will be done on the affected tooth to arrive at a diagnosis. This process starts with a digital x-ray of the tooth. The tooth is then tested for pain to bite, palpation, percussion, cold, and heat sensitivity. The doctor will assess the mobility of the tooth and the health of the surrounding gum tissue.
It is highly important NOT TO TAKE PAIN KILLERS PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT. Taking pain killers will mask your symptoms; therefore, making your clinical tests invalid.
Once a diagnosis is made by the doctor, we will start a root canal on this day. We clean out the pulp and place a temporary medication into the chamber along with a temporary filling. We will see you back for your follow up appoint about 1-2 weeks after.