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Endodontic Treatment

This procedure will be performed using local anesthesia, there are no restrictions on eating or taking medications before your appointment.  There are usually no restrictions after the procedure concerning driving or returning to work.  Dr. Crisp 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 you have been advised by your physician or dentist to use antibiotic premedication because of joint replacements, cardiac or other prosthesis, or if you have rheumatic heart disease, 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. After treatment is complete you should avoid eating until the numbness wears off, avoid chewing on the tooth to allow healing, and to avoid breakage if it does not have a crown. It is important to contact your dentist to have a crown placed on the tooth with in two weeks after the root canal.

 

Endodontic Treatment with Sedation

This procedure will be performed using local anesthesia, you may be given prescriptions for medications to take before you arrive for your appointment, if so you will need to make arrangements for a driver. You should not eat or drink anything 6 hours before your appointment. Dr. Crisp may give you additional medication during your treatment, you should avoid all prescription pain medication the day of your treatment. 2 Extra Strength Tylenol and 2 Ibuprofen are recommended every six hours. It is advisable to drink plenty of fluids following your treatment since you will not have food or drink before your treatment. You should not drive or operate machinery for the next 24 hours.  Continue all medications for blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid problems and any other conditions as recommended by your physician. If you have been advised by your physician or dentist to use antibiotic premedication because of joint replacements, cardiac or other prosthesis, or if you have rheumatic heart disease, 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. After treatment is complete you should avoid eating until the numbness wears off, avoid chewing on the tooth to allow healing, and to avoid breakage if it does not have a crown. It is important to contact your dentist to have a crown placed on the tooth with in two weeks after the root canal.

 

Endodontic Treatment with Nitrous Oxide Gas

This procedure will be performed using local anesthesia, a combination of nitrous oxide gas and oxygen is used to reduce patient anxiety by creating a relaxed state.  Nitrous oxide has a rapid onset, and recovery from its effects, a driver is not required. You should not eat or drink anything 6 hours before your appointment. It is advisable to drink plenty of fluids following your treatment since you will not have food or drink before your treatment. Continue all medications for blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid problems and any other conditions as recommended by your physician. If you have been advised by your physician or dentist to use antibiotic premedication because of joint replacements, cardiac or other prosthesis, or if you have rheumatic heart disease, 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. After treatment is complete you should avoid eating until the numbness wears off, avoid chewing on the tooth to allow healing, and to avoid breakage if it does not have a crown. It is important to contact your dentist to have a crown placed on the tooth with in two weeks after the root canal.

Apicoectomy

This procedure will be performed using local anesthesia, there are no restrictions on eating or taking medications (except blood thinners) before your appointment. If you take blood thinners you should consult your physician for the recommended days to discontinue before treatment. If you have been advised by your physician or dentist to use antibiotic premedication because of joint replacements, cardiac or other prosthesis, or if you have rheumatic heart disease, 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. After treatment is complete you should avoid eating until the numbness wears off, avoid chewing on the tooth to allow healing. Rest for the remainder of the day, avoid excess head movement. Sleep flat on your back with your head elevated on two pillows. For the next few days avoid eating hot, sticky or crunchy foods. You should apply an ice pack through out the day 15 minutes. on 15 minutes off. Starting tomorrow lightly rinse with warm salt water several times per day for a week. Gently brush the treated tooth avoiding the gum area at the surgical site. It is normal to experience swelling, discoloration, bleeding and pain after treatment, although most patients report very little. Return for the suture removal in 4 to 7 days.

 

Hours of Operation

Monday 7:45 - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 7:45 - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 7:45 - 5:00 pm
Thursday 7:45 - 5:00 pm
Friday 7:45 - 12:00 pm




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