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FOR YOU, YOUR DENTIST,
Q: DO YOU WANT A ROOT CANAL? (No, this is NOT a trick question….)
A: The usual answer is NO!
HOWEVER: IF YOU NEED A ROOT CANAL……
Why not see the dentists who’s specialty training is ROOT CANALS?
Thank you for your interest in Endodontic Associates of Central Texas. We are specialist members of the American Association of Endodontists. We look forward to being of service to you. Our expert team, led by respected endodontic specialists: Dr. Michael Ford DDS MS, Dr. Ryan Allowitz DMD and Dr James C Ewing DDS. Assisted by a highly trained and experienced endodontic staff. We provide the highest standard of professional care in a friendly, comfortable environment.
By referring you to our office, your dentist has shown their concern that you receive the finest endodontic care possible. Our goal is to provide unsurpassed quality in a compassionate environment of professionalism and clinical excellence. We hope to exceed your expectations.
Concerned State-of-the-Art Specialty care with your dental health and education in mind.
We hope that the information provided here answers many of your questions about endodontic treatment. If you would like additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
My tooth needs a FIRST time Root Canal (AKA: ROUTINE Root Canal Treatment)
A root canal is a very common dental procedures with well over 14 million performed every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for expensive dental implants or bridges. For more information on routine root canal treatment, please visit our root canal page.
My tooth has a REINFECTED root canal (AKA: REVISION or Re-Treatment)
Root canal therapy consists of the cleansing, shaping, and filling of the root canal system to promote healing and repair around the root(s) of the tooth. The root canal is the space inside the tooth, which, in health, is occupied by dental pulp. After the initial root canal treatment, this space may be occupied by a variety of sealing and filling materials to include, but not limited to: conventional root filling material (gutta percha); plastic rods (carriers) with conventional filling material; Endodontic paste; silver points (silver metal root filling); or any combination of these materials.
Revision of a root canal is a highly skilled procedure which removes the re-infected root canal contents. Because it is re-infected, it has become a source of irritation to the bone and ligament, which support the tooth in the jaw. This is complex procedure is generally accomplished in two (or more) appointments.
For more information on root canal REVISION treatment, please visit our root canal REVISION page.
My tooth has a MORE SERIOUS problem and may need Root End Surgery
This is a VERY RARE procedure, due to great advances in revising previous re-infected root canal therapies, This procedure is rarely our first treatment of choice. If needed at all it is almost ALWAYS used after revising the current treatment (see My Tooth has a Reinfected root canal above). Surgery can be useful to remove root end cysts (promote healing and root end bone growth) locate fractures or hidden canals that do not appear on x-rays but still manifest by showing problems with the tooth and surrounding gum areas. Damaged root surfaces or the surrounding bone may also be treated with this procedure. The most common surgery used to save damaged teeth is an apicoectomy or root-end resection. For more information on root canal surgery at our Killeen or Temple offices, please visit our root canal surgery page.