Endodontic FAQ

Endodontics or root canal treatment needs to be carried out when decay or injury has caused infection to the nerve or blood supply (pulp) of the tooth. Endodontic therapy will remove everything in the root canal, clean it, shape it and decontaminate it. If endodontics is not performed when the pulp of the tooth has been infected, it will spread and lead to tooth loss.

At our practice Dr. Stark and Dr. Garagozloo work together closely to make informed decisions about your oral health needs in order to provide you with caring, comprehensive and quality dental service. We also treat our patients as individuals, do not rush things and try to make your visit as stress-free and pleasant as possible.

We also couple our training and experience with the use of high-tech equipment, such as the following:

  • The surgical operating microscope (SOM) enables Dr. Garagozloo to accurately identify your root canal anatomy, locate calcified canals and diagnose fractures. It provides extraordinary magnification, is light in weight and very effective.
  • Nickel titanium rotary files are used to effectively, gently and thoroughly clean and shape root canals. Due to the design of these instruments, safe removal of tooth structure can be done, while a path for the thorough disinfection of the root canal system is created.
  • In order to ensure that we do not exceed the length of the root canal system, we make use of an electronic apex locater. This device is very precise and shows Dr. Garagozloo where the root canal system ends. It is also used to safely disinfect and shape the entire root canal system and to completely remove the bacteria that cause endodontic infections.
  • Precise diagnosis of endodontic disease cannot be done without radiographs. Digital radiography is also safer for our patients as it significantly reduces exposure to radiation. Another benefit of radiographs is that it enlarges images that can be viewed on a big screen almost instantaneously, also enhancing accuracy for Dr. Garagozloo.