The second you step through the door, Mickel Microsurgical Endodontics is ready to guide you through a successful root canal. Throughout the procedure, your comfort remains our top priority. In the day following your appointment, we will follow up with you on the progress of your healing tooth.
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As soon as you arrive, we will offer you the choice of juice, coffee or tea. Once you are seated, we will inquire about the history of your tooth/teeth.
In order to make an accurate diagnosis for your dental issue, we will ask you a series of questions regarding your symptoms.
We will perform several diagnostic and clinical tests on the infected tooth. A digital radiographic image, which has about 75% less radiation than traditional x-rays, will be taken. Once we obtain the images, we will discuss our findings with you.
During this time, please ask any questions you may have that we may not already have answered. The more you know about your tooth and the procedure, the more comfortable you will be with it.
Once we establish a diagnosis, we will go over the cost of the treatment with you. There are a number of flexible options that can be used with regard to payment. If you have dental insurance, we will also let you know at that time the approximate portion it will cover.
Once we finish numbing you, the procedure will feel similar to having a filling done. The rare exception to this rule occurs if your tooth has been symptomatic for an extended period of time. This could make it more difficult to numb.
To keep your mouth isolated during the procedure, we will place a dental dam over you. This ensures that only the tooth being operated on is exposed. Our massage chairs and soft neck pillows help you remain relaxed throughout the process.
Once we finish cleaning the inside of your tooth, we will fill it in with either a special medication called calcium hydroxide or a permanent filling known as gutta percha.
One important thing to note is whether or not you are able to take NSAIDs. These are non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, Advil or ibuprofen. These drugs are the key to a comfortable recovery after your procedure.
We recommend that you start taking an anti-inflammatory even before the anesthetic starts to wear off. It is much easier to manage your symptoms before they turn into full-blown discomfort.
If your physician has warned you against taking NSAIDs, we can provide a comprehensive list of alternatives for you.
The entire procedure takes approximately one hour. We will call you the next day to check on you. If you have any concerns or questions in the meantime, please call us!
Once again, thank you for choosing us, we look forward to meeting you soon!
In general, we can complete the visit in one single appointment by using our surgical operating microscope. If we do need to get you back again, a great deal of the work is already accomplished during the first visit. Completion is generally quicker the second visit.
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