General dentists refer patients to endodontists for further evaluation and specialized endodontic treatment for cases involving infections or abscesses inside of the tooth that may require root canal procedures.
During the patient’s first visit, the endodontist will evaluate the condition to be treated and consult with the patient about diagnosis and treatment options. Using x-rays, digital imaging and physical examination (such as testing pain response to bite, palpitation, percussion, sensitivity to cold and heat, mobility of the tooth and the health of surrounding gum tissue) to determine the severity of the problem, the endodontist can proceed with treatment on the same day. More complex treatment may require additional visits.
Patients should have the following information available for the endodontist at the time of consultation:
A parent or guardian must accompany all patients under 18.