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Common Questions

Before Endodontic Treatment

Your endodontic procedures are completed using local anesthesia.  Treatments that are provided with and without nitrous oxide sedation do not require any restrictions, you may drive yourself home after the appointment and there are no restrictions that would prohibit your returning to work.   Please inform a team member when you schedule your appointment if you are requesting nitrous oxide or sedation for your dental visit.  

Please continue taking all of your medications recommended by your physician: including blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid and any other daily medications.  If you have any questions, please call our office prior to your appointment, so that we can consult with your physician if necessary.

  • Please be sure to eat a full breakfast or lunch prior to your appointment.  

If you have been advised by your physician or orthopedic surgeon to take antibiotic premedication prior to your dental treatment, please make sure that you are taking the proper dosage on your day of treatment.  Antibiotic premedication is indicated for cardiac valve replacements, hip and knee replacements, as well as various other prosthesis.  If you are unsure, please call our office and we can complete a medical consent to your physician or orthopedic surgeon on your behalf to confirm the dosage and administration.   The American Heart Association updated their guidelines regarding premedication and we would be happy to check for you!

We ask that you refrain from taking any pain medication the day of your appointment. 

 


Will I need to return to your office for follow-ups after the procedure is finished?

Yes, follow up visits are recommended for most root canal retreatments, surgical procedures, and implants. We recommend that patients return to the office at specific intervals, usually 6 months to 1 year after the procedure was completed.


Post operative instructions

POST-TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS
Your root canal has now been completed. The canal or canals have been cleaned and sealed. Your body
must now have time to repair the damage that the original irritant produced. Although the roots are
permanently sealed, the opening to the canals has been filled with a temporary filling material, which is hard
and may last for many weeks. Current research has shown that even newly sealed root canals will be totally
contaminated with bacteria if the temporary filling is missing for over three weeks, so please don’t delay
having your permanent restoration placed. It is necessary to see your regular dentist no later than 4 to 6
weeks to restore the tooth permanently. A final restoration (crown or filling) will give the tooth its necessary
protection. A report will be sent to your general dentist. Please contact your general dentist to schedule
your permanent restoration if needed.
Do not eat anything until the numbness is gone and then eat only soft foods for the rest of the day. It is
advisable to chew on the opposite side until bite sensitivity resolves on the tooth. Even if you were not
experiencing any discomfort prior to treatment, it is not uncommon for you to experience some degree of
discomfort for 10-14 days. This tenderness is normal and is no cause for alarm.

Please follow the following Ibuprofen/Tylenol regimen below.
• 3 tablets of Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) (200mg each tab) with 1 tablet extra strength
acetaminophen (Tylenol, 500mg each tablet) every 6 hours for the next 48 hrs
regardless of the absence of discomfort.

• Do not use any of the above medications that your physician or pharmacist has
advised you not to take. Should you experience discomfort that cannot be
controlled with the above medications or should swelling develop, please contact
our office. If you have been given a prescription of antibiotics because of infection,
please take as directed until gone.

Please call our office if you have any questions.  If you are calling after 5PM, please have your pharmacy number available.   925-240-8111
 


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Patient Testimonials

Absolutely amazing service from everyone at the office. The staff were friendly and helpful and Dr. Dobin was magnificent. He took his time to explain the process and was reassuring throughout the procedure. I would definitely recommend this office to anyone in need of a root canal.

Mayari Castro

I was referred to this office because of a complicated tooth with infection involved. Dr. Penn explained everything to me and the possibility of not being able to finish the root canal if there was an issue beyond repair with the tooth. There was and she stopped the procedure, explained everything to me, packed the tooth with a temporary filling and referred me to an oral surgeon. I cannot say enough good things about this office. Dr. Penn was kind, considerate, gentle, walked me through everything before and after she did it, and made absolutely sure that I was Completely numb before she started any of the procedure. IF I have to have any major work done I will be going back to have them do it. This is a Wonderful office with caring physicians and a Terrific office staff!

Rachelle H

Excellent service from the minute I waked in the door. Treatment was painless. Recovery time was less than 24 hours. I highly recommend going here for root canals. Dr. Dobin was excellent and throughly explained the process.

Margaret C.

I’m not a fan of going to the dentist. But Dr Dobin explains everything as he goes. So I felt at ease. His staff is amazing. I would recommend him and his staff

Paula

I was extremely nervous when I went in for my root canal. I have to say it was all unfounded. Once Dr. Dobin started the procedure I was not nervous anymore. He was great and no pain! Even after there was no pain. This Dentist knows his stuff, and he's a really nice guy! That being said, a dentist once told me, if you don't want to go to a dentist office for these procedures, then take care of your teeth!

Chett Salzman

1140 Second Street
Suite B
Brentwood, CA 94513

Phone:
925-240-8111
Fax:
925-240-5227