A typical visit to an endodontist begins with completing paperwork, which includes your medical history and consent forms (Click Here if you want to download and print those froms ahead of time). It is advisable to bring a list of all the medications (over-the-counter and prescription) that you regularly/have taken within the past month. Once all forms are complete, an assistant will review and chart your chief complaint, referring dentist’s information and history of the tooth pain before taking x-rays of your teeth.

Once your first set of x-rays are complete, you will be greeted by your endodontist, who will review your paperwork and evaluate symptoms prior to testing the tooth in question along with adjacent teeth. After the tests are complete, a diagnosis will be given to determine the best treatment care and prognosis.

Your endodontist will make you aware of the benefits, options and risks involved in order for you to understand how endodontic treatment is a way of saving your tooth.

If you decide to receive treatment, the procedure may start immediately. Before treatment begins, you will receive local anesthesia to numb any sensations you may feel during the procedure. If the procedure is unable to be completed within one visit, medicine may be placed inside the tooth between appointments.

Once your procedure is complete, more x-rays are taken to track the success of the treatment and to provide your dentist with a report of your appointment.  You will be provided with review sheets that include your post-operation instructions and an appointment will be made for you at your general dentist’s office to have your newly root canal treated tooth filled and/or crowned.

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