At Your Visit

Usually patients only see Dr. Machalinski once, for the consultation and treatment. If you prefer, an appointment can be made for consultation only. If your tooth requires retreatment, an endodontic surgery, or if you have anxiety and would like Dr. Machalinski to prescribe a medication for anxiety, you will need to make a separate appointment for consultation prior to an appointment for treatment.

If you do choose to have Dr. Machalinski prescribe a medication for anxiety, you will be told not to drive to or from the office on the day that you take the medication for treatment. You may take public transportation. Please do not drive for twelve hours after taking the medication. You can return to work (provided you do not operate heavy machinery at your job), but most patients rest for the remainder of the day.

When you present to the office, you will fill out a form that includes contact information and a medical history. An assistant will go over any symptoms you have been having, explain endodontic treatment,
take digital radiographic images, and your blood pressure. Dr. Machalinski will perform an examination, make a diagnosis of your tooth, and explain any particulars of your case. If your visit has been scheduled for consultation and treatment, the endodontic treatment will then be performed.

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Post Operative Experience
Your root canal treatment may take one or more visits to complete. During treatment, your dentist will remove the diseased pulp, then clean, shape, and fill the tooth canal to prevent recontamination.

What to expect after treatment

  • Because cleaning the rood may cause inflammation of the tissue surrounding the tooth, you may experience some discomfort for a day or so.
  • Please take ibuprofen for the first 24 hours, following the bottle directions, even if you do not think it is necessary. If you have severe pain or swelling, please call Dr. Machalinski. If the office is closed there is an answering machine with instructions on how to reach the doctor.
  • If the ibuprofen or aspirin is not controlling your discomfort, you can take a acetaminophen, as well. The most effective way to do this is to take the acetaminophen 3 hours after the ibuprofen or aspirin. If Dr. Machalinski has prescribed a pain medication, it can be taken 3 hours after ibuprofen or aspirin. Do not take additional acetaminophen as the prescription pain medication has it already.

The temporary restoration

  • The temporary restoration that was placed will soon loosen. Call your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist will give you an appointment at an appropriate time.

Discomfort after six weeks

  • If your tooth is not completely comfortable 6 weeks after the root canal treatment has been finished please call Dr. Machalinski.
  • Even though the pulp of the tooth was removed the tooth is still nourished from the surrounding tissues. As with any living tissue, treatment is occasionally unsuccessful and a retreatment or removal of the tooth might be necessary.