Root Canal Specialist

James Vargo, DDSDr. James Vargo is in the business of saving teeth. As an Endodontist, he is a specialist in performing root canal therapy or endodontic  therapy.  Saving your natural tooth should always be your first choice when dental care is needed. A common dental procedure, a root canal, may enable you to save your natural tooth and avoid the need for more costly alternatives, such as implants or bridges. Endodontists (root canal specialists) are dentists with at least two additional years of advanced speciality dental education in diagnosis and root canal treatment. Because endodontists limit their practices to endodontics, they treat these types of dental problems every day. Endodontists use advanced training, experience and special equipment in treating patients with both simple and difficult endodontic needs.

In addition we treat traumatic injuries to teeth that include teeth that have been knocked out or avulsed, fractured or loosened.  Our team can also restore near natural color to most discolored teeth by internal bleaching procedures.  We are also DOCS certified and experienced in oral sedation for patients with anxiety.

Sometimes a previously treated tooth will need retreated.  The main cause of endodontic failure is coronal leakage or reinfection of the root canals. In this situation, the canals will be recleansed and resealed to rid the tooth of bacteria.
Then your general dentist will crown the tooth in most cases, if it doesn’t already have a crown.

Success of endodontic treatment depends to some extent, on your health and your ability to heal.  Most of the time, routine root canal therapy will allow an infected tooth to heal.  In a small percentage of cases, it is necessary to help the body in the healing process by doing a small surgical procedure.  This procedure is called an apicoectomy or periradicular surgery.  The doctor and the dental assistant will explain this to you in more detail, should you need this procedure.  Remember, routine root canal therapy will solve the problem most of the time.  The latest research shows a 94% success rate!

For more information, please click on the American Association of Endodontists link where more details about endodontics can be obtained.