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Our primary goal is to save your natural teeth whenever possible.  Our practice specializes in Endodontics, commonly referred to as root canal therapy.  Endodontics is the treatment of the pulp and surrounding tissues of a tooth.  When root canal therapy is performed the pulp chamber of the tooth is removed and then filled with a suitable filling material.  Root canals are most often necessary when decay has reached the nerve of the tooth or the tooth has become infected.  People have anywhere from 1 to 4 canals in a tooth.  Extra canals may branch out and are called “accessory canals.”  The number of canals and anatomy of a tooth can vary.  The word “endo” comes from the Greek language and means “inside” or within.  Endodontists work with the “inside” of a tooth.
Occasionally a tooth that was treated months or years ago may develop new problems. In some cases a tooth that has received endodontic treatment fails to heal or continues to have pain.  You may have a second tooth chance to save the tooth with a second endodontic procedure.
In some cases it may be necessary to removed the infected root tips or apex and the nearby tissue.  This is known as a apical surgery or an apicoectomy.  The area around the apex of the tooth that is infected is cleaned, and the tip of the root is resected and sealed.  Resorbable sutures are placed and an ice pack is applied.  Medication is prescribed to help alleviate any pain or discomfort and it is best to plan to rest for the remainder of the day.  Most patients will have some minor swelling and occasional bruising with some numbness.
Your appointment begins with a comprehensive examination where your doctor will discuss your diagnosis and treatment options.  Any questions you may have will be addressed at this time.  The doctor will outline a solution that best fits your individual needs.
Procedures we offer include non-surgical root canal therapy, endontic retreatment, traumatic injuries for adults and children, cracked teeth, and apicoectomies.

When you come to the office please bring your referral slip and x-rays if available.  If you have medical or dental insurance please bring the necessary forms and insurance cards.  Please arrive early if you have not yet completed your new patient registration papers.  You should allow twenty to thirty minutes for new patient registration.  Please bring a list of your current medications and take all routine medications prior to your visit if applicable.  Please do not take medication for discomfort for at least 4 to 6 hours prior to your appointment.  Treatment is performed using local anesthesia and other options may be available, please speak with the doctor about any concerns you have regarding your treatment options.  If you have a medical condition that may be a concern prior to your visit such as diabetes, high blood pressure, rheumatic fever, artificial joints or heart valves, etc., please let us know before your appointment.  If you require antibiotics for any existing conditions please contact our office prior to your visit.  All patients under the age of 18 need to be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.

Endodontics has had many advancements that allow for a very smooth patient experience that is not very different from having a tooth filled or being treated for other common dental procedures.  We will do everything we can to make your visit as pleasant as possible.

Prior to your visit please brush and floss normally with extra attention given to the area where surgery is to be performed.  Please do not take any aspirin or related non-steroidal or anti-inflammatory drugs such as Aleve, Advil or Ibuprofen for 3 days prior to your procedure as these drugs may affect the normal blood clotting process.

Please rinse with mouthwash or other antibacterial rinse for 3 days prior to the surgery to help reduce the chance of infection.  It is best if someone else can drive you to and from your appointment as ice packs will be applied to the surgical area following the procedure.

If antibiotics are prescribed please follow all instructions and label directions.  If you have any questions regarding your treatment please contact our office.  We look forward to proving as comfortable a treatment experience as possible when you visit our office.

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