ENDODONTIC ASSOCIATES OF THE PALM BEACHES, P.A.

Patient Information



Initial Appointment

     
    The initial appointment you have will consist of a consultation explaining your diagnosis and treatment options.  If you have a complex medical history, then you might require an evaluation and a second appointment to provide treatment on another day.  The Endodontist will determine this.


*Please bring with you following information at the time of your consultation:


-Your surgical referral slip and any X-rays if applicable
-A list of medications you are presently taking
-If you have medical or dental insurance, bring the necessary completed forms. 
-All patients under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation visit.



*Please let our staff know if you have any medical condition that may be of concern prior to treatment (i.e. diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you are on any medication (i.e. heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.) 


Financial Information


Patient Billing
     
   
Endodontic Associates of the Palm Beaches, P.A.,  accepts Visa, American Express, MasterCard, and Discover. We deliver the top care at the most reasonable cost to our patients, therefore payment is due at the time service is rendered unless other arrangements have been made in advance. If you have questions regarding your account, please feel free to contact us at any time.  We can also finance using Care Credit.


*Please be aware that you are fully responsible for all fees charged by this office regardless of your insurance coverage.



     We will send you a monthly statement. Most insurance companies will respond within four to six weeks. Please call our office if your statement does not reflect your insurance payment within that time frame. Any remaining balance after your insurance has paid is your responsibility. Your prompt remittance is appreciated.


Insurance

     At Endodontic Associates of the Palm Beaches, P.A., we make every effort to provide you with the finest surgical care and the most convenient financial options.  We work with you to maximize your insurance reimbursement for covered procedures. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to ask our staff at any time.  Please bring your insurance information with you to the consultation so that we can expedite reinbursment.


Scheduling

      Endodontic Associates of the Palm Beaches, P.A.,  is open Monday - Friday from 8 am until 6 pm. Saturdays are available by appointment. We will schedule your appointment as promptly as possible. If you have pain or an emergency situation, please call the office and have one of our friendly staff assist you.


     Our office will do its best to stay on schedule to minimize your waiting, please be aware that our practice provides surgical services, resulting with various circumstances that may lengthen the time allocated for a procedure. Emergency cases can also arise and cause delays, we fully appreciate your understanding and patience.


Contact Us at:(561)684-1312 with any questions, concerns or to schedule an appointment.


FAQs


What is Endodontics?
             

     Endodontics is a area of dentistry recognized by the American Dental Association involving treatment of the pulp (root canal) and surrounding tissues of the tooth.  The portion hidden beneath the gum line, is called the root. Though the outer portion of the root is a hard tissue called dentin, the inside channel or "root canal" contains a pulp of soft tissue, blood vessels and nerves. Bacteria that is introduced into the pulp as a result of tooth decay, periodontal disease, tooth fracture or other problems can severely damage the pulp. When the pulp is damaged, an endodontist removes the diseased pulp to save the tooth and prevent further infection and inflammation. 


Concerns of Infection?

     Endodontic Associates of the Palm Beaches, P.A.,  follows the highest and most strict standards of infection control advocated by OSHA, the Centers for Disease Control and the American Dental Association.  Our office uses autoclave sterilization and barrier techniques to eliminate any risk of infection.


The Concern of X-Rays Procedure

      While x-rays will be necessary during your endodontic treatment, we use the Cone Beam Computed Tomography also known as (CBCT). This is a diagnostic imaging system that provides the Endodontist with high quality, and accurate three dimensional representations of the maxillofacial skeleton.


Radiographic imagining in endodontics is important in the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of the patient.  The Cone Beam Computed Tomography is performed by using a rotating gantry, providing a x-ray and detector which are fixed. Within a single rotation,  the CBCT provides precise, immediate, and accurate 3-D radiographic images for the doctor, and his patients. The benefits of using the CBCT machine are:


*High-Resolution Images


*Less Radiation


*Improved Patient Care


*Comfortable Positioning


After my Treatment

     When your root canal therapy is complete, a record of your treatment will be sent to your referring/general dentist. Please contact his or her office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of your root therapy treatment at our office. Your referring/general dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is highly unlikely for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. Though should a complication arise, our office is available at all times to respond.


Surgical Instruction

Root canal therapy treatment will be performed using local anesthesia. There are usually no restrictions after the procedure concerning driving or returning to work.  One of our Endodontist is always available for consultation at all times should a problem arise after your treatment.


     Continue all medications for blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid problems and any other conditions as recommended by your physician. If there is a question, please call our office prior to your appointment.

  *Please eat a full breakfast or lunch as applicable.
     
   
If you have been advised by your physician or dentist to use antibiotic premedication because of mitral valve prolapse (MVP), heart murmur, hip, knee, cardiac or other prosthesis, or if you have rheumatic heart disease, please make sure you are on the appropriate antibiotic on the day of your appointment. If there is a question, please call our office prior to your appointment.


General Instructions:

    Your tooth and surrounding gum tissue may be slightly tender for several days as a result of manipulation during treatment and previous condition of your tooth, this is normal and so no need to be worried.  Do not chew food on the treated side until your endodontic therapy is completed and your tooth is covered with a protective restoration provided by your referring/general dentist. Please continue your regular dental hygiene regimen. Any discomfort may be reduced by taking ibuprofen (Advil), aspirin, or acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed. 


  *Please do not consume alcohol while on medications.  If you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled with the above listed medications, or should swelling develop, please contact our office immediately.





















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