What You Can Expect

During Your First Visit

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Welcome

Thank you for contacting our office for your endodontic needs. Please review the information below to familiarize yourself with our office, then go to Patient Login and complete your information online. This entire process should take no more than 10 minutes, and will inform you about your upcoming visit. If you have questions, you may call or email by clicking on the “Contact Us” button at the top of the page. You may also review the optional FAQ. We look forward to seeing you soon and thank you for choosing Mountain View Endodontics.

What To Bring

Please be sure to bring the following with you to your appointment:

  • The referral slip and any x-rays from your dentist’s office.
  • A list of medications you are presently taking.
  • Any necessary dental insurance information if you have insurance.
  • Drivers License or Photo ID.

What To Expect

After initial contact with our office, we will email you a welcome letter that will allow you to login to our secure website and enter your information.

  • You will be seated and your blood pressure and diagnostic radiographs will be taken.
  • The time necessary to deliver thorough root canal treatment is variable and difficult to predict for each patient. We will make every attempt to keep your waiting to a minimum. Please be patient as we deliver quality care to all patients.
  • Dr. Huffaker will discuss what brought you in, locate the source of your current concern, show you radiographs and discuss their significance.
  • Treatment options and recommendations will be given.
  • If time has been set aside for treatment, then you will be given adequate local anesthesia to numb the area.
  • Your tooth will be isolated with a rubber dam (latex or non-latex barrier), and treatment will be rendered.
  • Some cases take more than one visit depending on the specific circumstances of your situation.
  • After treatment, your case and prognosis will be reviewed and post-operative instructions will be given.

Post Treatment

The following is important information to keep in mind following your treatment:

  • A root canal treated tooth will not have any hot or cold sensitivity, but could be tender to touching or biting for a few days, possibly up to a month.
  • You will be given written and verbal instructions on how to minimize any discomfort by taking ibuprofen, Tylenol, or another prescribed pain reliever.
  • If you have swelling or a reaction to any medications, please call us immediately.
  • Please wait for anesthetic to wear off before chewing so that you do not bite your cheek or tongue. This usually takes 2-3 hours from the time it is given.
  • In many cases you will be asked to return to your general dentist within three weeks for further restorative treatment like a permanent filling or crown. Until then, please avoid chewing on the root canal treated tooth. Please do not delay in seeing your general dentist for follow-up care; doing so may cause failure of the root canal treatment necessitating root canal re-treatment or removal of the tooth.
  • We will ask you to return in 6-12 months for a quick visit in which we take a radiograph to evaluate the healing that has taken place. This visit only takes a couple minutes and there is no charge.