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Your initial appointment will consist of a consultation explaining your diagnosis and treatment options. Treatment usually can be done the same day as the consultation. However, a complex medical history or treatment plan will require an evaluation and a second appointment to provide treatment on another day.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:
Your referral slip and any X-rays if applicable.
A list of medications you are presently taking.
If you have medical or dental insurance, bring your all your insurance identification. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims
IMPORTANT: A parent or guardian must accompany all patients under 18.
Please inform our office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern prior to treatment (artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you require medication prior to dental treatment (i.e antibiotics for pre-medication).
If your referring dentist has provided you with recent x-rays, please bring them with you to our office. However it is not required that you bring your x-rays. If x-rays are necessary, they can be taken at our office.
Before Endodontic Treatment
This procedure will be performed using local anesthesia. There are usually no restrictions after the procedure concerning driving or returning to work. A doctor is available for consultation at all times should a problem arise after your treatment.
Continue all medications for blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid problems and any other conditions as recommended by your physician. If there is a question, please call our office prior to your appointment.
Please eat a full breakfast or lunch as applicable.
If you have been advised by your physician or dentist to use antibiotic premedication, please make sure you are on the appropriate antibiotic on the day of your appointment. If there is a question, please call our office prior to your appointment.
If you have any questions, please call our office a 206-234-8752
After Completion of Endodontic Treatment
Endodontic treatment has now been completed. The root canal system has been permanently sealed. However, the outer surface is sealed with a temporary restoration. A follow-up restoration must be placed to protect your tooth against fracture and decay. Please call your restorative dentist for an appointment. A complete report of treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. Included in your treatment is a follow-up examination to evaluate the progress of healing. This appointment will require only a few minutes and no additional fee will be charged for the first check-up visit. Please call for an appointment during the following month.
Your tooth is more prone to fracture immediately after endodontic treatment. You should chew on the other side until your restorative dentist has placed a core build-up and a protective restoration, usually a crown. If your tooth’s strength is seriously compromised, your endodontist or restorative dentist may place a post and core build-up inside the tooth. Your restorative dentist and endodontist will determine the appropriate restoration to best protect your tooth.
Are There Any Potential Problems After Treatment?
Lower teeth and nerve injury. There is a slight possibility that nerve injury can occur during root canal surgery to the lower posterior teeth. Your endodontist is trained to assess this possibility prior to treatment and will advise you accordingly. For lower posterior teeth, the root tips may be near a nerve that supplies feeling to the lip, chin and gums. Your endodontist is trained to design your surgery to minimize the chances of damaging this nerve. Rarely, this nerve can become irritated during the process of surgery. In these cases, when the local anesthesia wears off, you may experience tingling, altered sensation or, in rare cases a complete lack of feeling in the affected tissues. Should this occur, it is usually temporary and will resolve over a period of days, weeks or months. In rare cases, these changes can be permanent and/or painful.
Upper teeth and sinus communication. The upper teeth are situated near your sinuses, and root canal surgery can result in a communication between your mouth and the adjacent sinus. Should this complication occur, it will usually heal spontaneously. We will give you special instructions if this is apparent at the time of surgery. We prefer that you dont blow your nose for two to three days after surgery. If you have to sneeze, you should sneeze with an open mouth into a tissue. You should not create any pressure in the sinus area. If you sense a complication after surgery, please contact us.
Post-operative infections. Post-operative infections occasionally occur. This usually requires just an office visit and examination. Many times placing you on an antibiotic for one week will take care of the infection Occasionally, other follow-up procedures will be needed.
We are always accepting new patients and understand that your time is valuable and therefore offer several ways to make an appointment from calling us to emailing us.
UNDERSTAND THAT COMING TO THE DENTIST MAY NOT BE HIGH ON YOUR LIST OF PRIORITIES AND THEREFORE, WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MAKE YOUR VISITS COMFORTABLE, RELAXING AND FRIENDLY.
Tea and coffee are available in the reception room for patients and family members or caretaker.
Those patients coming in for long procedures, we invite their ride to do some shopping at Northgate Mall
or grab a cup of coffee- we’ll call you when the procedure is done and they are ready to go.
For Adults over 18 years of age please download and fill-out this questionnaire to bring with you to your scheduled appointment.
Dr. Chae accepts most insurance plans and is an in-network provider with:
Call our office at 206-234-8752 to see if we can get you approved with your dental insurance company.
We also accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, CareCredit, HSA, FSA, cash, checks, and are happy to help set up payment plans on an individual basis.