Course of Treatment
Treatment of teeth with injured pulps begins with a diagnostic examination. The injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and filled. Endodontic treatment may require one or more visits depending on the complexity of the case. The prognosis for the overwhelming majority of teeth treated is favorable.
While there is no certainty concerning healing, successful results occur in over 90% of cases. On occasion, the chances of success may fall below this expectancy, or your tooth may not be amenable to endodontic treatment at all. If your tooth falls within one of these latter categories, you will be informed at the time of consultation, or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment.
Your comfort throughout all phases of treatment is a major consideration. If a problem arises, either day or night, please contact the office in which you were treated.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:
- Your referral slip and any radiographs if applicable.
- A list of medications you are presently taking.
IMPORTANT: A parent or guardian must accompany all patients under the age of 18 (Maryland), or 21 (DC) at the consultation visit.
Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern prior to surgery (i.e. diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you are on any medication (i.e. heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.) or require medication prior to dental cleanings (i.e antibiotics, for premedication.)
If your dentist has taken recent radiographs (within 6-months), you may request that they forward them to our office. If there is not enough time, please pick them up and bring them to our office. If additional films are necessary, they can be taken at our office.