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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

I was referred here by my dentist for a root canal. I came twice, 2 weeks apart to complete it, and each time EVERYONE was very friendly, and willing to help in any way. Dr Penn made sure that I was comfortable, (as you can be in this situation), and checked on me several times throughout each procedure. They called me the following day after each procedure to see how I was doing. They even sent me a Thank you card, signed by everyone in the office. Thumbs Up!

Christine Middleton

It was great! Staffs are very professional. It was a myth that root canal is painful but not at all, if your doctor is Dr Penn.

B L

I went to Dr Penn having no idea what issues would be found as I was not in any pain. From the consultation to the final follow up of having stitches removed, I cannot say enough about how caring,, compassionate, friendly and truly the best Dr Penn, Jada, Taylor, Jessica and Donna are! I ended up Having a root canal which I was a bit scared about and they made me feel so relaxed and so at ease, I felt no pain. I also required oral surgery and they squeezed me in the same day. Again, no discomfort at all during or after. I cannot recommend this office enough! I am sorry I am moving away. I can’t thank them enough for all they have done for me and I would definitely recommend this office 100%

Jennifer

After battling problematic dental problems for nearly two years due to a misdiagnosis by a different Dr., I was desperate for answers and Diablo Endodontics provided just that. They were immediately receptive, professional, empathetic and made extra effort to evaluate and accommodate the specifics of my situation. First off, they responded to the urgency of my call immediately and scheduled me the very next morning. Their staff displayed an exceptional combination of professionalism, friendliness and efficiency in processing my paperwork leaving me with no responsibility for follow up with my primary dentist or the insurance company - they took care of everything! They evaluated my level of pain to ensure it was manageable before taking any action during treatment and constantly were informing me of the next steps. The personalism displayed left me convinced that the level of care for their patients was that of a family member. Along with their high level of expertise and precision, I was able to move forward and resolve my long looming dental issues entirely. I would highly recommend Diablo Endodontics and can't stress how appreciative I am for such care!   

Tina Lugo

I had a great experience with Dr Penn. I had to go back to finalize the root canal but her staff squeezed me in.

Linda Petersen

1140 Second Street
Suite B
Brentwood, CA 94513

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