|"Where caring, skill, will and technology intersect while striving for endodontic excellence."|
Before your exam, evaluation, or consultation
visit to our office
My Dentist already said I need treatment,
Do I have to have another examination?
Yes! While your dentist is probably right, we must verify that the tooth does in fact requires endodontic treatment for both medical and legal reasons. We are responsible for making sure that treatment is warranted. We will test your tooth to check if it is temperature sensitive to cold and possibly heat and/or electricity (sounds terrible but it's not so bad -- I have had it done to myself). Other tests that we routinely complete include: tapping on your tooth to see if inflammation is present, rubbing the gum area near the end of the roots for sensitivity, and measuring your gums to check the periodontal health of the area. Sometimes we have you bite on a stick and/or use a fiber optic light to check for cracks or fractures which go through your tooth. Usually we will take x-rays at various angles. Not only are we looking for an abscess but also the anatomy of your tooth. Since you are 3 dimensional and X-rays are 2 dimensional we lose information that we attempt to make up by taking specialized angles. X-rays alone are not sufficient for diagnosis. Just because there's nothing on the X-ray's does not mean there is not a problem. Early stages of pulp degeneration and some small abscess are not visible on the X-rays. Hence, the reason we perform other tests!
Please refrain from taking over the counter and prescription pain medications at least 8 hours prior to your endodontic examination. Pain medication skews our testing and if taken within hours of the examination, may cause false testing necessitating an additional visit(s) at a later date for accurate testing!
Please take your other medication(s) as directed!
Why Does the Examination Take so Long?
Many things occur during your consultation visit to our office. You will have some forms to fill out such as a health questionnaire. We will take your blood pressure, obtain radiographs (x-rays), ask about your endodontic problem, solicit symptoms, complete an examination of the area in question along with endodontic testing and discuss treatment options available to you. Also we will investigate your insurance and provide a pretreatment service estimate. The length of time in our office varies since any of these maybe complex. Many cases are referred to us because they are more difficult. The bottom line is we are very thorough during the consultation process and we take the time to do it to the best of our ability!
Will Insurance Pay for the Exam?
It depends. Some insurance companies only allow 2 examinations per year or have limitations. They may not pay for an examination if you have exceeded your maximum number for a year or for some other reason which is dependent on your plan. We will not bill your insurance for the consultation unless we complete treatment. Payment for the examination will be expected at the time of service (except Delta). A receipt suitable for submission to your insurance will be provided. We don’t keep cash to make change in the office, so please bring exact change if paying by cash. We accept most payment methods except American Express.
Will Insurance Pay for Endodontic Treatment?
Usually. We call and verify with each insurance company prior to treatment when possible so bring your dental insurance information with you. We will provide an estimate of services before initiating any treatment including an estimated out of pocket. Please understand that dental insurance rarely pays all and commonly we estimate 50% of the procedure will be the out of pocket expense. Also, your insurance company routinely states that benefits are not guaranteed. Thus, if your insurance company does not pay the expected amount, you are responsible for the balance. For more information, see I have Insurance
Joseph S. Dovgan, D.D.S., M.S., P.C.
Practice Limited to Endodontics
"Where caring, skill, will and technology intersect while striving for endodontic excellence."
Serving Phoenix, Scottsdale & Paradise Valley, Arizona
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