You may first be seen at ProEndo Endodontics for diagnostic evaluation in order to determine the nature of the existing problem. During the consultation, we will carefully review your medical and dental history, symptoms, and results of diagnostic tests and radiographic information to establish the diagnosis and decide on the proper treatment.
The recommended treatment plan, as well as available alternatives, will be discussed with you and you will have an opportunity to have your questions answered. Please click on the Consent Form attachment for your perusal. Based on the results of the consultation, we may be able to begin treatment at that time; otherwise another appointment will be scheduled.
To ensure our ability to perform all necessary diagnostic and treatment procedures during your scheduled appointment, please make certain that you bring with you a list of all medications that you are currently taking. Please be sure to continue all medication as prescribed as usual.
Please make us aware if you are on or have taken Bis-phosphanate medications in the past.
If you want a detailed description of root canal treatment at your first visit, please click on the following link to introduction to root canal treatment. Otherwise I will detail below a shorter version of what you can expect at your first visit.
When you smile you only show part of the tooth, the crown. The rest of your tooth is anchored in the jaw bone under the gum by a root(s). Within the roots are nerves nourished by a blood supply. If the blood supply is compromised or the nerve is traumatised and/or infected, the nerve may die. The nerve sometimes dies slowly and sometimes abrubtly. You may experience mild to excrutiating pain or hot and/or cold and biting sensitivities. Some people may develop an abscess which causes a swelling in their face.
The root canal procedure involves numbing the tooth similar to when having a dental filling. Following good anaesthesia the procedure is carried out totally painlessly. A plastic barrier (rubber dam) is placed onto your tooth for your comfort and safety. 90-95% of patients prefer the dentist using this safety barrier. The nerve is totally and painlessly cleaned out of the root. The root canal is washed and dried and a plastic filling material is tightly squashed into the root canal to ensure a successful result. The use of sophisticated instrumentation such as stereomicroscope, digital x-rays etc help to obtain higher success rates. The tooth will then be sealed with either a temporary filling or a permanent core filling. Sometimes a glass fibre post will be bonded into the root canal to help retain the core filling.
IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation visit.
It is common in our practice for patients to present us with problems that have developed suddenly. We make every effort to see patients who have pain or swelling as soon as possible, usually on the same day that we become aware of the problem. Because these emergencies are worked into our regular schedule, there may be slight delays, but we are generally able to stay on time. At the time of the emergency visit, in addition to the consultation and diagnosis, treatment will be performed if it is determined to be necessary. Following this appointment, it will be necessary for the patient to return for the completion of endodontic therapy