WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR FIRST VISIT
During your initial consultation appointment, we perform some diagnostic tests to determine whether a root canal is recommended. This may include some X-rays and clinical tests. In some cases, a CT scan may be taken. We discuss with you what’s involved during the treatment process and the prognosis of your treatment. We review your medical history and may make recommendations for premedication with an antibiotic for certain medical conditions. If you are experiencing discomfort or “toothache” pain we always make the time to address it and oftentimes start your treatment immediately. Most root canal appointments only a simple local anesthetic will be given to make you comfortable during your treatment. If you are anxious about your dental treatment we offer adjunctive therapies ranging from nitrous oxide to IV sedation for your comfort.
Your root canal treatment begins with the isolation of your tooth with a piece of latex or latex alternative. The treatment consists of a few steps – ( cleaning, shaping, and filling the root canal system) and afterward, you are referred back to your general dentist. Most root canal treatments take one or two visits. This depends on the degree of infection/ inflammation and degree of treatment difficulty. It is extremely important to us to never rush your treatment and do the very best we can. We will work closely with you and your dentist to meet your individualized expectations.