Initial Appointment

Scheduling
To maintain the highest quality care, we do not double book appointments.  We value your time and expect you to reciprocate that.  We request 24 hours notification if you wish to reschedule your appointment.
 
Prior to the Appointment
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your visit:
  • If you have dental insurance, bring the necessary completed forms and/or dental insurance card.
  • Please bring the referral slip and any x-rays given to you by your dentist.
  • Patients under 18 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
 
Medical Considerations
Please bring a list of medications you are presently taking.
 
If you have been advised by your physician or dentist to use antibiotic premedication due to a medical condition (such as heart valve problems or joint replacement), please make sure that you are under the appropriate regimen one hour before all appointments. If you have any question regarding this matter please call our office prior to your appointment at (904) 241-0030.
 
Please continue taking all medications for blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid problems and any other conditions as recommended by your physician. The procedure does not require that you stop taking any medications unless specifically advised by your physician.
 
Please eat a normal breakfast or lunch as applicable.
 
 
What You Can Expect
           
Consultation
Your first appointment at our office consists of a clinical and radiographic examination (x-ray) to determine if endodontic treatment is needed, if there are special treatment considerations, and if the tooth is restorable by your dentist after treatment. We will be happy to answer any of your questions about the cause of your endodontic problem and help you schedule the next step of your endodontic treatment.
 
Endodontic Therapy
A local anesthetic is given and a special device called a rubber dam is placed over the tooth to isolate it during treatment. An opening is made in the crown of the tooth and the canals are cleaned and shaped into a form that can be easily filled. The canals are then filled with a rubber-like material called gutta percha that seals the tooth. This is generally completed in one appointment, but in some cases may require additional visits.
 
After the Procedure
Following the procedure, you can expect some soreness in your tooth or jaw for a few days, possibly up to a few weeks. We will prescribe any medication that you might need to relieve the discomfort or swelling. The discomfort that you may experience should not alarm you. This is a normal reaction and will not affect the success of your treatment. Should any excessive discomfort or swelling occur, call us as soon as possible.
 
Follow Up Treatment 
Upon completion of your endodontic therapy, a temporary filling will be placed in the access opening. Sometimes we are able to place the permanent restoration for you. If you need a permanent restoration, your dentist should place one for you in a timely fashion, generally 1 to 3 weeks after treatment has been completed.