Instructions for Your Visit
Before Endodontic Treatment
Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern prior to treatment (e.g. diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever) or if you are taking any medication (e.g. heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy).
Continue all medications for blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid problems, and any other conditions as recommended by your physician.
Please eat breakfast or lunch as applicable.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your appointment:
- Your endodontic referral slip and any x-rays if applicable .
- If your dentist has taken x-rays, you may request that they be forwarded to our office. We routinely take additional films to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment.
- A list of medications you are presently taking (we will copy it and return it to you).
- Your medical or dental insurance documentation, if applicable.
- If you have been advised by your physician or dentist to use antibiotic pre-medication because of hip, knee, cardiac or other prosthesis, or if you have had infective endocarditis, please make sure you are on the appropriate antibiotic on the day of your appointment. If there is a question, please call our office prior to your appointment.
- Please do not take any pain medication for your tooth prior to the appointment time. This will ensure proper diagnosis and treatment.
After Completion of Endodontic Treatment
After the root canal system has been permanently sealed, endodontic treatment is complete; however, the outer surface is sealed with a temporary restoration. A definitive restoration must be placed to protect your tooth against fracture and decay. Please telephone your restorative dentist for an appointment. A report of treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist (when our treatment is complete.)
The procedure will be performed using local anesthesia. There are usually no restrictions after the procedure concerning driving or returning to work. A doctor is available should a problem arise after your treatment.
Occasionally, a follow-up examination to evaluate the progress of healing is necessary. This appointment will require only a few minutes and no additional fee will be charged for the check-up visit.