What to Expect During Your First Visit to An Endodontist

Your first visit to an endodontist lays the foundation for your future treatment. It will consist of a thorough review of your medical and dental history, as well as an evaluation of your symptoms. During your visit, your endodontist may review existing x-rays or request additional x-rays and 3D imaging to make an accurate diagnosis. Based on your endodontist’s findings, you will receive a treatment plan recommendation and be given the opportunity to ask questions about your diagnosis and treatment.

Preparing for the Visit

In order to expedite your initial visit and streamline your office visit, you’ll need to come prepared with the following:

  • A referral from your general dentist or other specialists

  •  A copy of your dental insurance card

  • Personal information forms

  • Treatment release forms

  • A list of your current medications

What to Expect from the Initial Examination

During the initial examination, the endodontist will perform a thorough evaluation of your mouth, teeth, and gums. This will include a visual examination, as well as diagnostic tests such as x-rays or 3D imaging. The endodontist will also ask questions about your medical history and any symptoms you may be experiencing.

Prepare for x-rays or other diagnostic tests

If x-rays or other diagnostic tests are necessary, it is important to prepare for these tests in advance. For example, if you are pregnant or may be pregnant, you should inform the endodontist, as certain diagnostic tests may not be recommended during pregnancy. Additionally, if you have any metal dental work, such as fillings or crowns, it may be necessary to remove these before the tests are performed.

Learn More About Endodontic Therapy by West LA Endodontics

If your endodontist determines that you need endodontic treatment, they will discuss the available treatment options with you and can go over specifics of any procedures needed.

By understanding your treatment options and what to expect during a procedure, you can feel confident in your decision to seek endodontic treatment. With the right care and attention, endodontic treatments can help save damaged teeth and improve overall oral health.

West LA Endodontics is home to one of the top endodontists in Los Angeles. At West LA Endodontics, patient comfort comes first. We specialize in endodontic procedures such as root canals, root canal re-treatments, and other minimally invasive procedures like Cone Beam CT scans and microscopical surgery. Contact us today to book an appointment or give us a call at (310) 651-7800.


You should see an endodontist if you require an apicoectomy or treatment for a root canal or broken tooth that is beyond the expertise of a general dentist. You’ll need a referral to see an endodontist, so consult with your dentist about whether you should see an endodontic specialist.

If you visit an endodontist, you’ll be evaluated and diagnosed based on your symptoms and image results. You may also be subject to additional screenings and diagnostic testing beyond what you may have already had at your general dentist’s office. Although some of the equipment in your endodontist’s office may look complicated, it is highly advanced endodontic technology that helps ensure your treatment is effective and precise.

After you visit with your endodontist for the first time, you will be scheduled to return for treatment. Depending on the extent of your treatment, you may be anesthetized and sedated to ensure you are comfortable for the duration of your procedure.