INTRODUCTION

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Thank you for your interest in Oceanfront Endodontics, a dental practice dedicated exclusively to endodontic care.

 

We are specialist members of the American Association of Endodontists. We look forward to being of service to you. Our expert team, led by respected endodontic specialists Dr. Justin Martin, includes an experienced endodontic staff. We provide the highest standard of professional care in a friendly, comfortable environment. We hope that the information provided here answers many of your questions about endodontic treatment. If you would like additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (757) 333-3399 or email us at [email protected]. We will respond promptly.

As an endodontic patient, what should I expect?

 

A comprehensive examination to diagnose orthofacial pain and pulpal injury, and determine if the tooth is a good candidate for endodontic therapy.

 

Non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. 

 

Under certain circumstances, microsurgery may be indicated. We are experts in performing this procedure, and utilize sophisticated equipment to ensure the best result. 

 

How long does it take?

The time it takes to treat a tooth depends on a variety of factors such as the number of roots and the complexity of the case. However, most root canals can be treated in about an hour. 

 

First Visit

 

Your initial appointment will consist of a consultation explaining your diagnosis and treatment options. Occasionally, surgery 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 surgical referral slip and any X-rays if applicable 
  • A list of medications you are presently taking 
  • If you have medical or dental insurance, bring the necessary completed forms. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims. 

 

IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian 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.) 

 

X-Rays 

 

If your dentist or physician has taken x-rays, 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 facility.

 

Before Endodontic Treatment

 

The 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 because of mitral valve prolapse (MVP), heart murmur, hip, knee, cardiac or other prosthesis, or if you have had rheumatic heart disease, please make sure you are on the appropriate antibiotic on the day of your appointment. You only need to premedicate for the treatment appointment. If there is a question, please call our office prior to your appointment.