At Your Appointment

Root Canal Appointment Guide

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
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
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