What to Expect
Frequently Asked Questions
Diagnosis and Consultation Appointment
You will be seen for an appointment to diagnose and confirm that an endodontic concern exists. A number of tests will be performed in an effort to arrive at an accurate diagnosis. Once an endodontic concern has been confirmed, we will review with you what our tests mean and what treatment options exist so that you can have confidence in your decision. We will also explain what is involved in the process of performing the root canal treatment related to your specific case. If nonsurgical endodontic treatment is needed, under most circumstances we will want to get your case started at this appointment. This will put your case in a likely position for completion the next time we see you. If saving your tooth is important to you, then this is the right place to start!
Emergency Treatment Appointment
Once the source of your acute pain has been determined and endodontic care is appropriate, our goal will be to be progressive in working toward getting you out of your dental pain. Often, simply by initiating your endodontic care, your pain will be drastically reduced and often eliminated. Unfortunately, at times, it is not appropriate to initiate treatment but to start off with an antibiotic. The most appropriate course of action is determined on a case-by-case basis. Our goal is to effectively work toward getting you out of your dental pain!
Nonsurgical Treatment Appointment
The majority of the time, the course of treatment that will be appropriate is nonsurgical root canal treatment (conventional treatment) or nonsurgical root canal retreatment. Most of the time, your case will be started under either emergency circumstances or at your diagnosis and consultation appointment and concluded at an appointment specifically established for you based on how your case initially presented to us. Based on our experience, we find that each case takes a certain amount of time to achieve the outcome and level of predictability we desire.
Under certain circumstances, a surgical procedure may be recommended in order to save your tooth. Typically, we schedule our surgical procedures early in the afternoon. We will work with you to schedule this procedure on a day when you can take it easy for the rest of the day so that you can follow our specific post-operative instructions in an effort to minimize any swelling and discomfort. This procedure is performed under a local anesthetic. While a post-operative pain medication will be prescribed, we typically find that most of our patients get along remarkably well with any routine headache medication as long as our post operative instructions are followed precisely.
For our patients visiting from out-of-town
At times an additional trip to Spokane can be avoided by scheduling your appointments on consecutive days. Consequently, we have negotiated special corporate rates at some conveniently located hotels.