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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 first went here back in December (I think?) for a root canal treatment. Due to my pregnancy, I was unable to get the procedure done. Nonetheless, the staff worked with me and called to check in on me every couple months. Finally after I had my baby, they booked my root canal treatment the following week after I called them. I have never had a root canal so I had a lot of anxiety about it. However, Dr. Penn and her staff made me feel so comfortable. I'm sorry I'm forgetting the dental assistants name (I think that's the job title?), but she was great. Very personable. The front staff was also very warm and welcoming. The root canal treatment went very well. The same day I wasn't in pain. It is now day 3 after the treatment and I'm feeling great! Thank you Dr. Penn and staff 10/10

Sierra

Nobody likes going to the dentist but I have to say my visit with Dr. Penn and staff was one of the better visits to the dentist. From the time I arrived the staff made me feel so welcome and were very professional. I was in pain and required surgery for a tooth infection. The surgery went very well. The surgery required stitches and I was a little sore from the shots. The best part was after leaving Dr. Penn's office the pain was gone. I didn't even require any pain meds and was back to eating normally the next day. So to Dr. Penn and staff,thank you so much. Joseph Nelson

Joseph Nelson

From the moment you enter the office, you are made to feel like you are family. The way you are treated by everyone is over and above what one should expect, and every step of the process is explained in detail. I also appreciate the follow-up calls. Dr. Penn and her staff are the best.

Rick Gorin

I was referred to Dr. Penn after needing a root canal ASAP. I was fit in the schedule right away and was extremely nervous w/ it being my 1st root canal. Dr. Penn and her staff were amazing!! Everyone was so incredibly helpful, patient and very detailed when it came to explaining the costs, procedure and care after. I truly felt like everyone cared and wanted me to go home comfortable. During the whole procedure they would periodically stop to give me a break and see if I was okay. After all was done Dr. Penn again made sure to check if I was okay and advised me to take the NSAIDS they provided so I would have no pain when I got home. They provided a yummy drink to help my stomach tolerate the meds. I was checked on a day later and advised to follow the instructions given to me for a specific amount of days to avoid any pain. I had a tiny amount of pain the next day which was predicted but otherwise nothing. I highly recommend Dr. Penn and her staff if you enjoy great and professional service.

Nicole W

I went into see dr. Penn in regards to my tooth hurting badly. She let me knowni needed to get a root canal, so i proceeded to get it done, and honestly her staff as well as herself were so amazing, made me feel comfortable, and i actually almost fell asleep during my rootcanal, did not hurt what so ever. She even made sure the tooth was fully covered before sending me out back to my original dentsit so i can get my crown on. I have to say this has been the best experience i have had in the densitry world. Such amazing group of people and i would definitely refer them to any1 that has dental issues.

Ashley Trapozzano

1140 Second Street
Suite B
Brentwood, CA 94513

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