Thank you for selecting Eastlake Endodontics for your treatment needs. We feel it is a privelege to be involved in your dental care and hope to exceed your expectations.
We have compiled a list of useful information for your convenience. As you continue to read down this page you will find a lot of useful information. Please feel free to call our office at 801-779-2700 should you have any questions.
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If you have the following, please bring them with you:
If you already have an appointment, you should have received a "Welcome Email" that will instruct you how to login to our secure and encrypted website and complete the necessary health history and background information. If you have not received this email, please call our office and we will send it to you. If you are not able or comfortable with completing these forms online, you may complete them in the office (please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your appointment time).
Upon arriving in our office we will take your photo (for your digital chart), and ask you to confirm and digitally sign the forms you reviewed on-line.
How many appointments will be necessary? Most teeth will require 1-2 treatment appointments. Sometimes, depending on complexity, additional appointments may be necessary in order to achieve a quality result. A major determining factor of the time required to complete your treatment centers around the degree of inflammation and/or infection assoicated with your tooth. While many providers may elect to spend less time on a particular tooth, Dr. Richards prefers to take as many appointments as necessary to help ensure your condition will heal and minimize the probability of needing additional future, costly procedures.
How long are the appointments? Initial appointments for diagnosis only usually last about 30 minutes. If treatment is anticipated, appointment duration may range from 45 minutes to 90 minutes or more.
In some instances you may have questions concerning the real need for treatment. If for any reason you doubt the need for treatment or have deep concerns regarding non-urgent treatment, we encourage you to schedule a consultation appointment. These appointments are especially informative if you have questions regarding the course of treatment, fees (including insurance coverage), or special needs that you would like to discuss.
The following is important information to keep in mind following your treatment:
A root canal treated tooth will not have any hot or cold sensitivity, but could be tender to touching or biting for a few days, possibly up to a month.
You will be given written and verbal instructions on how to minimize any discomfort by taking ibuprofen, Tylenol, or another prescribed pain reliever.
If you have swelling or a reaction to any medications, please call us immediately.
Please wait for anesthetic to wear off before chewing so that you do not bite your cheek or tongue. This usually takes 2-3 hours from the time it is given.
In many cases you will be asked to return to your general dentist within three weeks for further restorative treatment like a permanent filling or crown. Until then, please avoid chewing on the root canal treated tooth. Please do not delay in seeing your general dentist for follow-up care; doing so may cause failure of the root canal treatment necessitating root canal re-treatment or removal of the tooth.
We will ask you to return in 6-12 months for a quick visit in which we take a radiograph to evaluate the healing that has taken place. This visit only takes a couple minutes and there is no charge.
Root canal treatment fees may vary between $800 and $1500 depending on the tooth and particular circumstances.
Generally your portion is due in full at the time of treatment unless other arrangements have been made.
Our office is contracted with most dental insurances and we will submit your claims on your belalf. Please check with your insurance for the paticular coverage details and/or limitations specific for your policy.
If you have an insuance we are not contracted with, your insurance may a significant portion of your treatment cost; please call and we can let you know.