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Your Appointment

We offer two types of appointments:  “Evaluation Only” or “Evaluation and Treatment”.

“Evaluation Only” is an appointment to determine whether or not endodontic treatment is needed.  This appointment will consist of a consultation explaining your diagnosis and treatment options. Often times, treatment can be done the same day as the consultation. However, a complex medical history may require a second appointment to provide treatment on another day.

“Evaluation and Treatment” is an appointment consisting of determining/confirming endodontic treatment is needed and performing that treatment in the same appointment.  Your dentist may have already diagnosed you with needing treatment.  In most cases, we are able to schedule your appointment to confirm treatment and perform the treatment.  Please note, neither Dr. Ward or Dr. Ritter will ever treat a tooth without determining first whether or not treatment is needed.  If endodontic treatment is needed, instructions will be provided to you for your next steps.

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

  • Your referral slip.
  • A list of medications you are presently taking and a list of your medical allergies.
  • If you have dental insurance, please bring your insurance card, along with the subscriber’s name, date of birth, social security number, employer name, and relationship to the patient.  If you do not have your dental insurance card, please bring with you, the name of your dental insurance company, address, phone number, group number, and policy identification number.  This information is necessary to submit a claim on your behalf.
  • Completed Patient Information Forms.  Click here to complete forms.
  • Driver’s License or other government issued ID.

IMPORTANT: A parent or guardian must accompany all patients under the age of 18 at the consultation visit.

Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern prior to endodontic treatment (i.e. artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or require medication prior to dental cleanings (i.e antibiotics, for pre-medication).



If your previous dentist has taken recent x-rays (within 6-months), you may request they forward them to our office. If additional films are necessary, we can be take them at our practice.


For what to expect at your appointment, please visit the Before Endodontic Treatment page by clicking the link or finding it under the “Instructions” tab.

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