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Most teeth can be treated. Occasionally, a tooth cannot be saved because the root canals are not accessible, the root is severely fractured, the tooth doesn’t have adequate bone support, or the tooth cannot be restored. However, advances in endodontics are making it possible to save teeth that even a few years ago would have been lost. When endodontic treatment is not effective, endodontic microsurgery may be able to save the tooth.

Microsurgery can help save your tooth in a variety of situations. Exploratory surgical procedure may be used in diagnosis. If you have persistent symptoms but no problems appear on your x-ray, your tooth may have a tiny fracture or canal that could not be detected during nonsurgical treatment. In such a case, surgery allows Dr. Dobin to examine the entire root of your tooth, find the problem, and provide treatment.

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. A tooth may become painful or diseased months or even years after successful treatment. If this is true for you, surgery may help save your tooth.

Surgery may also be performed to treat damaged root surfaces or surrounding bone.

Although there are many surgical procedures that can be performed to save a tooth, the most common is called apicoectomy or root-end resection. Additionally, when inflammation or infection persists in the bony area around the end of your tooth after a root canal procedure, your endodontist may have to perform an apicoectomy.

 
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Patient Testimonials

I went into see dr. Penn in regards to my tooth hurting badly. She let me knowni needed to get a root canal, so i proceeded to get it done, and honestly her staff as well as herself were so amazing, made me feel comfortable, and i actually almost fell asleep during my rootcanal, did not hurt what so ever. She even made sure the tooth was fully covered before sending me out back to my original dentsit so i can get my crown on. I have to say this has been the best experience i have had in the densitry world. Such amazing group of people and i would definitely refer them to any1 that has dental issues.

Ashley Trapozzano

I had the usual annoyance and trepidation that comes along with your first root canal, not to mention the discomfort beforehand, but Dr. Penn and her staff treated me with the utmost courtesy and professionalism at every stage including scheduling calls with Jenn and Donna, handling me at the office, answering questions, the procedure itself, discharge instructions, and follow-up. I figure they also did a great job technically but can’t speak to that since I’m not the dentist. I do know I didn’t feel any pain during the procedure and and they did everything they could to minimize my discomfort during my time in the chair. As a professional, one thing that meant a lot to me was how Dr. Penn treated her staff with courtesy and respect, and how her staff (particularly assistants Taylor and Jenn) were friendly and down to earth. I will unhesitatingly recommend them to friends and family and they will be my first resource should I need this experience again (which I hope I don’t).

Christopher

I broke my tooth and it required a root canal. Dr. Penn and Jen were both amazing! I have a terrible fear of the dentist and Dr. Penn and Jen relieved all of my fears. I was completely relaxed for the entire procedure and had NO pain was it was done. I wish I could get all of my dental work done by Dr. Penn. Thank you!

Lana Archibald

Absolutely amazing service from everyone at the office. The staff were friendly and helpful and Dr. Dobin was magnificent. He took his time to explain the process and was reassuring throughout the procedure. I would definitely recommend this office to anyone in need of a root canal.

Mayari Castro

I was referred to this office because of a complicated tooth with infection involved. Dr. Penn explained everything to me and the possibility of not being able to finish the root canal if there was an issue beyond repair with the tooth. There was and she stopped the procedure, explained everything to me, packed the tooth with a temporary filling and referred me to an oral surgeon. I cannot say enough good things about this office. Dr. Penn was kind, considerate, gentle, walked me through everything before and after she did it, and made absolutely sure that I was Completely numb before she started any of the procedure. IF I have to have any major work done I will be going back to have them do it. This is a Wonderful office with caring physicians and a Terrific office staff!

Rachelle H

1140 Second Street
Suite B
Brentwood, CA 94513

Phone:
925-240-8111
Fax:
925-240-5227