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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 was referred here by my dentist for a root canal. I came twice, 2 weeks apart to complete it, and each time EVERYONE was very friendly, and willing to help in any way. Dr Penn made sure that I was comfortable, (as you can be in this situation), and checked on me several times throughout each procedure. They called me the following day after each procedure to see how I was doing. They even sent me a Thank you card, signed by everyone in the office. Thumbs Up!

Christine Middleton

It was great! Staffs are very professional. It was a myth that root canal is painful but not at all, if your doctor is Dr Penn.

B L

I went to Dr Penn having no idea what issues would be found as I was not in any pain. From the consultation to the final follow up of having stitches removed, I cannot say enough about how caring,, compassionate, friendly and truly the best Dr Penn, Jada, Taylor, Jessica and Donna are! I ended up Having a root canal which I was a bit scared about and they made me feel so relaxed and so at ease, I felt no pain. I also required oral surgery and they squeezed me in the same day. Again, no discomfort at all during or after. I cannot recommend this office enough! I am sorry I am moving away. I can’t thank them enough for all they have done for me and I would definitely recommend this office 100%

Jennifer

After battling problematic dental problems for nearly two years due to a misdiagnosis by a different Dr., I was desperate for answers and Diablo Endodontics provided just that. They were immediately receptive, professional, empathetic and made extra effort to evaluate and accommodate the specifics of my situation. First off, they responded to the urgency of my call immediately and scheduled me the very next morning. Their staff displayed an exceptional combination of professionalism, friendliness and efficiency in processing my paperwork leaving me with no responsibility for follow up with my primary dentist or the insurance company - they took care of everything! They evaluated my level of pain to ensure it was manageable before taking any action during treatment and constantly were informing me of the next steps. The personalism displayed left me convinced that the level of care for their patients was that of a family member. Along with their high level of expertise and precision, I was able to move forward and resolve my long looming dental issues entirely. I would highly recommend Diablo Endodontics and can't stress how appreciative I am for such care!   

Tina Lugo

I had a great experience with Dr Penn. I had to go back to finalize the root canal but her staff squeezed me in.

Linda Petersen

1140 Second Street
Suite B
Brentwood, CA 94513

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