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Endodontic Dentistry

Endodontic dentistry primarily deals with treating the roots of the teeth. While most endodontic procedures are initially either for the removal of an abscess or a root canal, Dr. Rued will examine your condition to determine if root end surgery (apicoectomy), internal bleaching, or treatment for root fractures are required. Since these can be used either alone or in combination with other procedures, Dr. Rued will be sure to find the correct endodontic treatment to fit your individual dental requirements. He is highly experienced in this field and is the best choice for your dental needs in Willits, CA.

Root Canals

Root canal procedures have been a staple of restorative dentistry for generations and have garnered a negative reputation among patients. Dr. Rued is very gentle and considerate of his patients’ comfort while performing this procedure, and his patients often comment on his calm and soothing demeanor. Root canals are used when the root of a tooth dies from untreated infection or trauma. Dead material becomes trapped inside the tooth and, if not treated, begins to decay the surrounding enamel and necessitates a root canal procedure.

To remove the root Dr. Rued drills through the top of the tooth to expose the pulp chamber. He then extracts the infected tissue, fills the vacant canal, and further removes some enamel to help fit the tooth with a porcelain dental crown. While the crown is being fabricated at an outside dental laboratory, Dr. Rued will cover the tooth temporarily. At your follow up appointment to Henry Rued, DDS the crown will be fitted and bonded into place. For pain-free root canals in Willits, CA, or the surrounding areas of Ukiah and Mendocino, contact Dr. Rued’s office to schedule an appointment.

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Internal Bleaching

While most stains are on the outside of your teeth, one can occasionally be seen as a dark area coming from deep inside the tooth. When this develops it is usually because blood or other liquids have leaked into the inside of a tooth following a root canal procedure. At Henry Rued, DDS in Willits, CA we can use internal bleaching to whiten the tooth from the inside out if you are experiencing this situation. Dr. Rued will drill a small hole and insert a peroxide gel into the internal cavity of the tooth. The solution is left inside the tooth for about a week during which time it perforates into the dentin, lightening its color. After that time the tooth will be drained and the hole filled. This method of internal bleaching is highly effective, and the tooth will return to white. If you notice the appearance of internal stains, and think you may need internal bleaching in Willits, Ukiah, or Mendocino, please contact our office to determine whether it is the correct procedure for you.

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