William H. Montes, DMD is equipped to handle all of your enzootic needs. Our office is equipped with the latest technology such as digital imaging, operating microscopes and ultrasonic instrumentation. To help you understand your options, we’ve included descriptions of some of our services on this page.

  • Root Canal Therapy
  • Endodontic Retreatment
  • Endodontic Surgery
  • Treating Cracked Teeth
  • Treating Abscessed Teeth

Consultation:  A clinical and digital radiographic examination is performed to help determine a course of treatment.  After the examination is  completed, a diagnosis will be given and your endodontist will discuss your treatment options. The endodontist will make you aware of the benefits, options and risks involved in order for you to understand how endodontic treatment can relieve your pain and save your tooth. Possible post-treatment decisions such as a crown on the treated tooth also will be addressed.

 

Root Canal Therapy:  A local anesthetic is given and once the tooth is numb, a small protective sheet called a "dental dam" is placed over the area to isolate that tooth and keep it clean and isolated throughout the procedure. A small opening is made in the crown of the tooth and very small instruments are used to clean and shape the pulp chamber and root canals. After the space is cleaned and shaped, the root canals are filled with a material called "gutta percha." A temporary filling is placed to seal the opening. You must return to your general dentist approximately two weeks later to have a final restoration placed in the tooth. This final restoration will protect the tooth and restore it to full function.

 

Retreatment:  A local anesthetic is given and once the tooth is numb, a small protective sheet called a "dental dam" is placed over the area to isolate that tooth and keep it clean and dry throughout the procedure. The tooth will be reopened to allow access to the root canal old filling material. After the canal filling is removed, the canals will be cleaned and shaped. Then the canals can be sealed and a temporary filling will be placed, sealing the tooth. You must return to your general dentist between two weeks later to have a final restoration placed in the tooth. This final restoration will protect the tooth and restore it to full function.

 

Apicoectomy:  A local anesthetic is given and once the area is numb, a flap is made in the tissue, allowing access to the underlying bone or abscess. Inflamed or infected tissue is removed as well as the end of the root of the tooth. A small filling, called a "retrograde filling," may need to be placed in the end of the root canal to seal it. A few sutures are placed to help the tissue heal properly. Over a period of months, the bone heals around the end of the root. Local anesthetics make the procedure comfortable, and most patients return to their normal activities the next day. Postsurgical discomfort is generally mild.