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Patient Information
Root Canal Therapy

When a tooth becomes infected due to a cavity, a crack or trauma a root canal treatment is frequently performed to save your tooth.  Often times the infection is first noticed when the tooth becomes symptomatic to hot, cold, bite or even has spontaneous pain.  The root canal treatment removes the infected tissue within the tooth allowing the body to heal and you to feel more comfortable.

 

Instructions

Please bring your signed patient forms and list of medications to your first appointment  If your dentist provided you with a referral and radiograph please bring them.

On the day of treatment please continue to take all medications as prescribed by your physician and eat a normal meal.  If your physician or dentist recommends antibiotic pre-medication (typically for those with a prosthetic cardiac valve, those with a history of infective endocarditis, congenital heart defects or recent joint replacements) please take it one hour prior to treatment.

Following treatment many patients have relief of pain or no symptoms at all, however, it is normal if tenderness lingers for two to three days.  An anti inflammatory such as Ibuprofen or Aspirin is frequently recommended.  Tylenol can also be taken.  It is recommended to not chew on the root canal treated tooth until a definitive restoration is placed either at our office or by your general dentist.  Most endodontically treated posterior teeth will require a crown which will be done by your dentist.  We will do our best to assist you in scheduling a return visit with your general dentist.

 

Scheduling

Skyway Endodontics is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.   We understand dental pain and will make every attempt to schedule you that day.  

Your first visit usually consists of a consultation to explain the diagnosis and discuss treatment options.  When possible, treatment will be completed on the same day as the consultation.  Occasionally two treatment visits will be required due to the complex nature of your tooth.

 

Financial Policy

Prior to treatment we will inform you of the treatment cost.  We provide quality, compassionate care at a reasonable cost.  Payment is due at the time treatment is rendered.  We accept cash, checks and  all major credit cards.  We are a Preferred Provider for Delta Dental.  If you have dental coverage through another company we will ask that you pay your estimated co-payment at the time of treatment.  We will file a claim with your insurance company for you.   If financing is needed we are happy to assist you in receiving Care Credit financing.