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West View Endodontics Garden Grove, California

An Endodontist is a dentist with special training in endodontic  procedures. To become specialists they complete dental school with additional  two or more years of endodontic training. Endodontists perform routine as well  as difficult and very complex endodontic procedures, including root canal  retreatment and endodontic surgery.

Endodontics, also known as root canal therapy, is a dental  specialty which involves the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of oral pain  and disease that originate within the tooth. Endodontics is one of the nine specialties recognized  by the American Dental Association; it was recognized as a dental specialty in  1963.

Endodontic treatment is necessary when the  pulp of the tooth becomes inflamed or infected. Signs of pulp damage include  pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat, cold or pressure, discoloration of the  tooth and swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums. Sometimes there are no  symptoms but the radiograph is suspicious. Root canal treatment can save your  natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges and has a 95%  success rate.

Root canal therapy is performed under local anesthesia and is  completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. If your  tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success in  unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a  complication becomes evident during the treatment. You will be able to drive  home after treatment and you will in all probability be comfortable returning  to your normal routine.

All procedures in our office are performed with a surgical  microscope. Surgical  microscopes have fast become standard equipment in Endodontics and we use this  invaluable adjunct to ensure a more thorough and successful result.  We utilize  digital radiography not only for the high reduction in X-ray exposure, but for  the benefits it provides. A large radiographic image when seen on our computer  monitor becomes an invaluable aid in diagnosing and patient communication.

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