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Root Canal Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Are you still feeling any pain, pressure or sensitivity in the tooth?
  • Are you satisfied with the way your tooth looks with your new crown?
  • Are you having any problems biting or chewing?
  • Are you having any problems brushing and flossing around the tooth?
  • Describe your symptoms. Are you having tooth pain, gum swelling, sensitivity to temperature, or swelling or pain in your jaw or face?
  • Are your symptoms constant or do they come and go?
  • Do you have tooth pain when you change positions quickly or with running?
  • Does anything make your symptoms better or worse?
  • Have you had any recent dental work or trauma to a tooth?
  • When was your last dental X-ray?
  • What is your main concern about a root canal?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • What is a root canal?
  • Do my symptoms mean I need to have a root canal?
  • Is it possible the tooth will recover without a root canal?
  • What caused my tooth to die?
  • What other options do I have, such as a tooth extraction followed by a dental implant or bridge?
  • What are the benefits of a root canal over my other options?
  • Was the procedure successful?
  • How long should I expect to have pain or soreness after the procedure?
  • Do I need a permanent crown? If so, how long will it take to get it?
  • What precautions do I need to take with my tooth?
  • When do I need to return to see you?
  • Are my new symptoms related to my root canal?
  • Is a root canal the best way to proceed or should I consider extracting the tooth?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Nov 5
  1. Questions to Ask Prior to Root Canal Treatment. Dentisty Today. http://www.dentistrytoday.com/endodontics/10253-questions-to-ask-prior-to-root-canal-treatment
  2. Root Canal Treatments. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tooth-abscess/multimedia/root-canal/sls-20076717?s=1
  3. Tooth Abscess. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tooth-abscess/symptoms-causes/syc-20350901
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