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Endodontics

Our endodontists perform a wide range of treatments for the goal of retaining your natural teeth. We treat complex cases that are beyond the level of experience, expertise, and training of a general dentist.

Endodontic treatment may involve:

Root canal therapy

Our endodontists use root canal treatment to find the cause and then treat problems of the tooth's soft core (the dental pulp), that often cause infection, pain and swelling. Years ago, teeth with diseased or injured pulps were removed. Today, root canal treatment is a safe way of saving teeth. Our root canal treatment is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits.

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Cracked teeth

A tooth may crack due to a variety of factors, such as chewing on hard objects or foods, an accidental injury, or grinding your teeth. Cracks are often invisible to the eye and may not show even on an X-ray.

Depending on the size and location of the crack, treatment may vary from bonding to root canal treatment. Our endodontists use high-powered microscopes to determine the severity of the crack and will recommend the best treatment for you.

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Internal tooth bleaching

Internal tooth bleaching is used to whiten a discolored tooth that has had root canal treatment. Unlike external bleaching, internal bleaching brightens teeth from the inside out.

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Orofacial pain syndromes

Our endodontists are experienced in the prevention, evaluations, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of orofacial pain syndromes. Our multi-specialty practice allows us to consult with Oral Surgeons, Orthodontists, and other experts to diagnose and refer you for treatment.

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Periapical surgery

Usually, a tooth that has undergone a root canal can last the rest of your life and never need further endodontic treatment. However, in a few cases, a tooth may not heal or become infected. If this is true for you, surgery may help save your tooth.

Surgery can help save your tooth in a variety of situations. Our endodontists are experienced in periapical surgery and will consult with you about the best treatment.

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