First Root Canal Visit
About your first root canal visit.
If this is your first root canal appointment with our specialists, we are very pleased to welcome you to our office with an exciting gift. We also will provide you with an extra special "comfort menu" just to be sure you are happy with your time at our office! The First appointment will be a consultation, and if needed treatment can be done the same day so long there is enough time provided for doctor to have one on one treatment time. Make sure to show up for your appointment 10 minutes early to fill out paperwork and consent forms.
A consultation appointment is designed to evaluate the prognosis of your tooth, in other words, the probability that your tooth can be permanently restored. Unfortunately, not all teeth can be saved by root canal treatment. Some of the reasons a tooth can not be saved are: root canals are not accessible, the root is severely fractured, the tooth doesn’t have adequate bone support, or the tooth cannot be restored.
Clinical testing will be done on the affected tooth to arrive at a diagnosis. This process starts with a digital x-ray of the tooth. The tooth is then tested for pain to bite, palpation, percussion, cold, and heat sensitivity. The doctor will assess the mobility of the tooth and the health of the surrounding gum tissue. It is important NOT TO TAKE PAIN KILLERS PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT. Taking pain killers will mask your symptoms, therefore making your clinical tests invalid. Once a diagnosis is made by the doctor, a treatment plan will be presented to you by a professional treatment coordinator. A quote will be given to you explaining your estimated insurance benefits and financial responsibilities. Then an appointment will be made for your root canal treatment.