What An Endodontist Needs To Know To Provide The Right Treatment
Are you going to see an endodontist for the first time? An endodontist is a dental specialist you may be referred to for certain problems affecting your teeth, primarily the dental pulp inside of your teeth. A problem tooth may be able to be saved by the expertise of an endodontist.
When you begin treatment with an endodontist, they will need to know certain types of information in order to provide you with the right treatment for the best possible outcome. Here are some of the questions your endodontist may ask you as a new patient in order to get the necessary background information to treat you effectively.
What Medications Are You Currently Taking?
The first question your endodontist may ask you is what medications you are taking. Provide a complete and thorough list of all of your current medications and dosages. This is important if you are going to need endodontic surgery so that your endodontist can plan appropriately. Medication can sometimes have an effect on your dental and oral health as well, so your endodontist may discover the source of your problem through a medication list.
Do You Have Any Allergies?
We ask all of our new patients if you are allergic to any medications or have any other allergies we should be aware of. Even food allergies are important to mention just to be on the safe side.
What is Your Medical History?
Your medical history is another important piece of information for your endodontist to have. This is for your own safety if you were to undergo endodontic surgery, as well other aspects of your care. Medical history can sometimes explain the reason for endodontic problems, such as an accident that may have damaged a tooth without you being aware of it.
What Are Your Dental Hygiene Habits?
This is one of the questions that is best answered honestly, even if you feel embarrassed. Many people don’t take care of their teeth the way they know they should, and it has an effect on their dental and oral health. Unless we know the truth, it is difficult for us to make recommendations for change.
What Is Your Daily Diet Like?
What you eat and how often can have an effect on your dental and oral health, so your endodontist may want to know about your daily diet. Again, this is so that your endodontist can provide you with the highest level of care and possibly identify sources of dental problems. Diet can affect the strength of your tooth enamel and the rate of decay.
Where Does it Feel Like Your Pain is Coming From?
If you are experiencing pain of any kind, your endodontist will want you to attempt to identify and explain where the pain is coming from. For example, do you feel pain inside your tooth? Or is the pain coming from underneath your gums? Is it just in one tooth or multiple teeth? These are just a few of the questions that may help you pinpoint the source of the problem so that it can be properly treated.
What Past Dental and Endodontic Treatment Have You Had?
If your dentist has referred you to an endodontist, they will most likely forward your dental records. However, if you have made the decision to start endodontic treatment on your own, you’ll need to request to have your dental records sent to your endodontist. If you’ve ever seen another endodontist, those records should also be sent to the endodontist you are currently seeing. This gives a complete background of your previous dental care.
Advanced Endodontics Provides Quality Care
At Advanced Endodontics we make it our goal to provide you with the highest quality endodontic care. We ask many questions of our new patients in order to get a better understanding and a complete picture of your dental health, which allows us to provide the right treatment for the best possible outcome.
To learn more, call 407-347-6874 or contact us today to schedule an appointment.
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