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South Mountain Endodontics
Chad K. Molen, DDS, Certified, University-Trained Endodontist
Were you told you need a root canal or apicoectomy? Call us now for an appointment,
Before you have a tooth extracted, seek a second opinion. Nothing works as well as a natural tooth. Saving your teeth is what we do.
We treat root canals from the very basic to the most difficult -- curved roots, auxiliary roots, calcifications, etc.
A retreat is just as it sounds -- retreating a previously done root canal that has failed. With thorough cleaning and filling, we ensure your root canal will be successful.
An apicoectomy is an endodontic surgical procedure whereby a tooth's root tip is removed and a root end chamber is prepared and filled with a biocompatible material.
This is necessitated when a retreatment or root canal is not an option. Our approach is conservative, using techniques and treatments that offer the highest success rates.
Pulpectomies are performed when a patient is seen on an emergency basis and time is of the essence. A pulpectomy is a quick way to relieve patient discomfort by removing all of the pulp tissue from the crown to the roots. Patients must return for a follow-up appointment to complete root canal therapy for long-term success.
Because the roots in primary (baby) teeth have not fully formed, they have large pulp spaces. A cavity does not have far to go before reaching the pulp chamber. It is best to treat the tooth conservatively until secondary (permanent) teeth replace primary teeth.
When the soft tissue in the pulp chamber is infected or inflamed, it can be removed and a special medication inserted into the chamber to keep the remaining viable pulp alive and avoid complications, such as the need for tooth extraction. This will allow time for the permanent tooth to erupt. In cases where a child's secondary tooth is in need of treatment, this procedure allows time for the roots to form so a proper root canal can be done, increasing the chances for tooth survival.
12226 South 1000 East, Suite 7, Draper, Utah 84020