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Practice Limited to Endodontics
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American Dental Association
ApicoectomyGenerally, a root canal is all that is needed to save teeth with injured pulp from extraction. Occasionally, this non-surgical procedure will not be sufficient to induce healing, and surgical therapy may be indicated. Endodontic surgery can be used to locate fractures or hidden canals that do not appear on radiographs but still manifest pain in the tooth. Damaged root surfaces or the surrounding bone may also be treated with this procedure; as well as removal of infected tissue and pathological lesions. The most common surgery used to save damaged teeth is an apicoectomy (a-pico-éct-omy) or root-end resection.
Root Canal TreatmentDr. Jennifer Key earned her Doctorate from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta Georgia, graduating first in her class in 2002. Dr. Key then completed her requirements for her Postgraduate Endodontics Certificate from The University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Dentistry in 2005. Prior to dental school, Dr. Key received a Bachelor of Science degree from North Georgia College and State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
Dental ImplantsThe only alternative to endodontic treatment when the tooth's pulp is damaged, is extraction of the tooth. To restore chewing function and to prevent adjacent teeth from shifting, the extracted tooth must be replaced with an implant or bridge. This requires surgery or dental procedures on adjacent healthy teeth and can be far more costly and time consuming than endodontic treatment and restoration of the natural tooth.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
CrownsIf a temporary is placed after completion of treatment, it is imperative to return to your restorative dentist for treatment. Because a temporary filling is designed to last only a short time (about four weeks), failing to return to your dentist as directed to have the tooth sealed permanently with a crown can lead to the deterioration of the seal, resulting in decay, infection, gum disease and/or the premature loss of the tooth with additonal treatment required like another re-treatment or extraction. If your temporary comes out, it needs to be replaced right away. You've invested in maintaining the tooth, so return to your restorative dentist as soon as possible (within a month).
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