Your initial appointment will allow Dr. Noble a chance to review with you on your medical history, evaluate your tooth problem, formulate a diagnosis, and discuss any treatment options. Any special assistance that you may require will also need to be discussed. The consultation visit also allows you to become familiar with our office and how we like to serve our patients. Remember to ask any questions that you may have.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your initial visit:
- Your endodontic referral slip and any X-rays, if your dentist gave you these.
- A list of medications you are presently taking.
- If you have dental insurance, bring the necessary information or forms, as this will help us to process your claim.
IMPORTANT: a parent or guardian must accompany ALL patients under the age of 18 years of age at the consultation visit.
Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern (i.e. diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.)
X-Ray procedures are an essential part of quality endodontic therapy. A major focus in our office has been to achieve a very low level of radiation. Our office utilizes an advanced non-film computerized system called digital radiography. This technology reduces by approximately 80-90%, the already low radiation necessary for conventional dental X-Rays.
About Your Tooth
Your tooth consists of two main parts: the crown, which is the part of the tooth above the gum and visible in your mouth, and the root or roots, which is the part of the tooth that lies beneath the gum and is surrounded by bone.
Inside the root or roots are channels that are called the root canal system, and it contains the pulp (nerves, blood vessels and soft tissue), that is often referred to as the “nerve” of the tooth. The pulp may be irreversibly damaged by bacteria associated with decay, very deep restorations, fractures, trauma or gum disease. In order to preserve a damaged tooth, it is necessary to remove the diseased pulp tissue. This procedure is known as endodontic therapy.
Course of Treatment
Treatment of teeth with injured pulps begins with a diagnostic examination. The injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and filled. Endodontic treatment may require one or more visits depending on the complexity of the case. The prognosis for the overwhelming majority of teeth treated is favorable.
While there is no certainty concerning healing, successful results occur in about 95% of cases. On occasion, the chances of success may fall below this expectancy, or your tooth may not be amenable to endodontic treatment at all. If your tooth falls within one of these latter categories, you will be informed at the time of consultation, or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment.
Your comfort throughout all phases of treatment is a major consideration. If a problem arises, either day or night, please contact our office at Nashville Endodontics Phone Number 615-320-ENDO (3636).