Patient Information

Thank you for your interest in Flowood Endodontics, a dental practice dedicated exclusively to endodontic care. We look forward to being of service to you. Our expert team is led by a respected endodontic specialist, Dr. Thad Strange. We provide the highest standard of professional care in a friendly, comfortable environment. We hope that the information provided here answers many of your questions about endodontic treatment. If you would like additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (601) 933-1193 .

First Visits

Your initial appointment will consist of a consultation explaining your diagnosis and treatment options. Occasionally, treatment can be done the same day as the consultation. However, a complex medical history or treatment plan will require an evaluation prior to your treatment appointment.

Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:

  • Your endodontic referral slip from your dentist.
  • A list of medications you are presently taking.
  • If you have dental insurance, bring the necessary forms. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.

IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation and treatment visits. Furthermore, they must remain on the premises throughout the entire procedure.

Please alert the office if you have a 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.)

If you are a patient who requires premedication prior to dental care, alert the scheduling coordinators of your needs and properly premedicate prior to your consultation and treatment appointments.

Patient Instructions

Before Endodontic Treatment

The procedure will be performed using local anesthesia. There are no restrictions after the procedure concerning driving; therefore, the patient may drive themselves to and from the appointment.

Please continue all medications prescribed by your physician for blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid, and heart. If there are any questions regarding your medication, please call our office prior to your appointment.

If you have been advised by your physician or general dentist to use antibiotic premedication because of mitral valve prolapse, 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 you can take Advil or Alleve, it does help reduce inflammation before you receive your endodontic treatment.

Home Care Instructions

The root canal system has been permanently sealed and endodontic treatment is complete. It is recommended that all molar and pre-molar teeth be crowned by a general dentist to protect your tooth against fracture and decay. Please telephone your dentist for an appointment. A report including digital radiographs will be sent to your dentist office. If at any time you have concerns regarding your treated tooth, please contact our office and we will schedule you a follow-up appointment to evaluate the progress of healing.

Discomfort

Your tooth and gum tissue may be tender for several days following treatment. Your treated tooth will feel bruised if touched with your finger, tongue, or food. It is recommended that you do not chew food on the affected side until the soreness is completely gone, this may be a week or longer. To reduce this soreness, we recommend 600 mg ibuprofen/Advil every 4 hours for 24 hours following treatment. While soreness is not unusual, swelling is. Should you experience any swelling on the gum or on your face you should contact our office immediately.