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Patient Information

Welcome and thank you for your interest in our endodontic practice dedicated exclusively to endodontic care. In this section, you will find information about your patient experience at our office.

Procedures Guide

What is Endodontic Root Canal Treatment

What is Root Canal Re‑Treatment

What is Endodontic Surgery (Apicoectomy)

Traumatic Dental Injuries

Cracked or Fractured Teeth

Root Canal Myths

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Your Visit

Your appointment will consist of a consultation explaining your diagnosis and treatment options. Unless you have been advised otherwise, any needed and accepted treatment will generally be provided that same day.

Most often, root canal therapy at our office can be completed in one visit. Occasionally a second visit is required in more involved or complex cases.

Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your visit:

1. Your referral slip made out by your dentist.
2. A list of medications you are presently taking.
3. Your Insurance Card and ID.

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

Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern prior to your treatment (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.)

IMPORTANT: Those patients requiring antibiotic prophylaxis for cardiac conditions or prosthetic joints, etc. should pre-medicate for all visits. If there are any questions, please contact our office.


Day of Treatment

All procedures will be performed using local anesthesia. There are usually no restrictions after the procedure concerning driving or returning to work.

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 to use antibiotic premedication because of mitral valve prolapse (MVP), heart murmur, hip, knee, cardiac or other prostheses, 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.

If Dr. Gutarts has not seen you yet to diagnose your pain or problem, then please do not take any pain medications on the day of your appointment. This may mask your problem or prevent us from properly diagnosing your problem.

After your root canal therapy:

Endodontic treatment has now been completed. The root canal system has been permanently sealed. However, the outer surface is sealed with a temporary restoration. A follow-up restoration must be placed to protect your tooth against fracture and decay.

Please telephone your restorative dentist for an appointment for that important restoration. A complete report of treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist and should be available to them a few days after the completion of your treatment.

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