Your initial appointment will consist of a consultation explaining your diagnosis and treatment options. Most often your treatment will be instituted at this appointment. However, a complex medical history or treatment plan will require an evaluation and a second appointment to provide treatment on another day. Very often, retreatment cases will be treated at the initial visit, but on occasion, your dentist may think it wise to set aside a separate evaluation appointment to fully explore your case.
Surgical treatment is never performed on the initial visit. You will be provided with written and oral explanations of the technique and prognosis of your treatment. An appointment can be arranged at the completion of this visit for treatment, or the option remains to consider endodontic surgery versus other procedures such as an extraction and an implant.
Surgical treatment appointments are always at 10:30 a.m.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:
- Your endodontic referral slip your dentist gave you and any X-rays.
- A list of medications you are presently taking, including dosages and herbal or vitamin doses
- If you have dental insurance, bring the necessary completed forms. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.
IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation visit. Additionally, the parent or guardian must sign a consent for treatment form prior to the institution of endodontic treatment.
Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern prior to surgery (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.) You will be instructed what action to take to alter your drug regimen that might affect treatment.
We use a very sophisticated radiographic system that stores the x-rays electronically. We will take the necessary x-rays at your consultation or treatment appointment that allow us to properly diagnose and treat your endodontic problem, so we may store them here for future use.