We are a practice Limited to Endodontics. Only root canal procedures are performed here. Restorative work, cosmetic dentistry and extractions are either performed by your dentist or another specialist.
The following procedures are performed here:
- Consultation, Referral and Treatment -
- In some cases infections or severe pain could be related to a gum problem, a tooth that has an internal fracture that cannot be repaired through a root canal and may need extraction or chronic pain due to a damaged nerve (neuralgia). In those cases, we work closely with your general dentist and/or physician in finding the proper care and a referral to another specialist is generated: for example, a Periodontist (gum specialist), Oral Surgeon or Neurologist to take care of your particular condition. We would assist you in coordinating the appointments with the selected specialist for your continuing care elsewhere.
- Consultation with your general personal dentist or physician regarding medical status, history of symptoms, and continuation of care or treatment plan recommended after root canal therapy.
- Consultation is also important in determining what treatment or procedure needs to be performed such as:
- Root Canal Therapy of a tooth that has a dying nerve, an infection, an abscess or restorable fracture. In some cases root canal therapy may be necessary for restorative reasons (for instance, a crown broken off at the gum line).
- Re-Treatment Root Canal Therapy of a tooth that in the past had a root canal but now has a recurrent infection or other symptoms
- Apicoectomy - root canal surgery, the root canal treatment is performed at the root tip by going through the gum rather than the tooth.
- Emergency procedures such as :
- Pulpotomy - the immediate removal of the affected nerve tissue to relieve pain, discomfort, infection, and swelling.
- Incision and Drainage- to help relieve you of any major swelling, and/or pain
- Follow up care- After any procedure, we contact patients to see how they are healing. We also encourage patients to contact us if after treatment or a consultation they start to experience discomfort, pain or any new symptoms. We will make every effort to have you see us as soon as possible.
If treatment is recommended, patients are usually seen for one or two visits depending on the complexity of the case. Once treatment is completed, you may return to your general dentist for the restorative phase. For more detailed information about root canal procedures, please visit the American Association of Endodontists website: www.aae.org