New Patients

What to Expect at Your Visit

You, like many patients, might be a little bit anxious about your first visit. RELAX! Most people relate some anxiety about having dental work done and many people fear the reputation of the words “root canal.” Most bad experiences surrounding root canal therapy are related to the pain or infection that occurs prior to root canal therapy. A severe toothache can come on in the middle of the night with no warning and is not a pleasant experience. Please tell us of your anxieties at your appointment and we will make the experience as positive as possible.

Great River Endodontics has four doctors and a large support team. As directed by the doctor, the dental assistant will begin by taking x-rays or other imaging as necessary for your situation. The doctor will review your medical history and will ask questions about the current tooth problem.

The doctor will perform an exam, such as palpating for tender or swollen areas or other diagnostic tests, to determine the need for a root canal. Once a diagnosis is reached, the doctor will explain treatment options and expectations. You will be given the opportunity to ask any questions before any treatment begins.

Most treatments can be accomplished in a single visit that last a little over an hour. Badly infected teeth, retreatments, or teeth with complications such as calcified canals or blockages may require more than one appointment. We try very hard to keep on schedule, as we know that your time is valuable. However, as endodontists we are frequently called upon to handle emergency dental situations that may affect our schedule. Your understanding is appreciated and rest assured that we will provide the same thoroughness when it is your turn.

Please remember to bring a list of any medications you may take, in addition to any referral information that your general dentist may have given you. You can download our registration and health history forms to fill out prior to your arrival here.