First Visit

Your initial appointment will consist of an evaluation and consultation to diagnose and discuss your treatment options.  Even when the need for root canal treatment may seem obvious, Dr. Robertson must complete a thorough examination of the tooth to be treated, along with the adjacent teeth, in order to confirm the diagnosis and assess the prognosis of the tooth.  Alternative treatments may be recommended if, for example, the tooth does not appear restorable or a vertical root fracture is suspected.  Only after the doctor and patient both have a good understanding of the problem, and the options to take care of it, can the proper amount of time be set aside for your treatment.  Should your symptoms require immediate relief, emergency treatment can be done.  A separate appointment can then be made so Dr. Robertson can take the time to ensure ideal definitive completion of your root canal treatment.   

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

  • Your referral slip and any X-rays if applicable. 
  • A list of medications you are presently taking.
  • Please bring along any dental insurance information, if applicable. This will save time and allow us to submit any claims.

IMPORTANT: A parent or guardian must accompany any patient under 18 at each visit.

Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern prior to treatment (e.g., diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, etc.) or if you are on any medication (e.g. heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.) or require prophylactic antibiotics prior to dental treatment.


A digital x-ray of the tooth in question will be taken as part of your initial evaluation.  If a recent x-ray of the tooth was provided by your dentist, we will scan or attach the image to your digital x-ray file and may not need to take an initial x-ray.