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Half of endodontic treatment, that is oral surgery, is knowing what’s going on behind the scenes of a procedure. This mystery of not knowing is what causes great duress for patients from all walks of life. Here are three models of dental-phobia or dental anxiety:

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Anxiety results from the worry of the unknown. In this case, it’s the worry that a procedure may be painful and/or risky. You can rest assured that there is little to no risk involved in common endodontic procedures. You are safe and in good hands with Santa Rosa Endodontics.

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Anxiety or panic attacks are common for those who have dental phobia. This panic, also known as fight-or-flight, only enhances the anguish a patient goes through. The strongest deterrent for these episodes of anxiety is a positive previous experience. However, we’ve noticed anxiety is strongest in those who have not gone through an endodontic procedure before; their fears are based on their understanding of oral surgery from friends, family, and more commonly, the media. We encourage patients who are prone to these types of anxiety to discuss their concerns with Dr. Loxley. She will answer any questions you have and ease your concerns regarding your procedure.

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Phobias related to dentistry are often deep-rooted in a poor childhood experience. However, consider the advancements in technology since you were a child! What was once an uncomfortable or even painful procedure has been made quite swift and pain-free. Dr. Loxley will not only explain the procedure in great detail to calm your nerves, she will also create a warm and welcoming environment to make you feel you are in good hands. Our entire staff understands the importance of treating our patients as friends and family. You have absolutely nothing to worry about!

About Dr. Emine Loxley

Emine graduated in 1994 from the University of Alabama, Birmingham’s School of Dentistry. During her two travels with the U.S. Army Dental Corps she learned that saving a tooth was more likely than the industry led one to believe; her resolve to encourage proper dental hygiene practices was bolstered from this experience. Four years later, Dr. Loxley was selected for a military training program for Endodontic Specialty treatment. Upon completion, she received her specialty certification. This was only after completing advanced training and studies with Ft. Gordon’s Tingay Dental Clinic alongside the Medical College of Georgia.
Upon completion of her military commitment in 2004, Dr. Loxley moved to Bend, Oregon to start an endodontic practice. She provided the wonderful community of Bend with quality endodontic care for over nine years. However, to grow her career as an endodontic specialist, the best decision was to sell her practice and move with her family to Sonoma County

Dr. Loxley

Surgical Root Canals

Surgical root canal treatment involves a variety of surgical procedures that help save an infected or damaged tooth. It is not as common as nonsurgical root canal. Ukiah endodontist Dr. Emine Loxley recommends surgery only when necessary. The procedure is faster and more comfortable in recent years because of technological developments like operating microscopes and digital imaging.

One example of surgical root canal is a root-end resection, formally known as an apicoectomy. This microsurgical process is often a solution for treating infection or inflammation that persists after a non-surgical root canal treatment. The gum tissue near the teeth is cut open to provide access to the bony area under the tooth. The very end of the root is removed along with infected and inflamed tissues.

Specialized endodontic surgery also helps the endodontist to find and treat previously hidden canals and small fractures. The ultimate goal is to preserve the patient’s natural teeth with as little stress and discomfort as possible.

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Non-Surgical Root Canals

Non-surgical root canal is the most common type of root canal treatment. It’s much like having a filling, except the endodontist has to drill deeper into the tooth. Either Ukiah endodontist Dr. Loxley or one of her assistants numbs the area with anesthetic to reduce or eliminate the discomfort of drilling.

Endodontic treatment refers to specialized care for the inside of a tooth. Although we can’t see what’s wrong, the pain lets us know it is time to set an appointment to get it taken care of quickly. The endodontist removes the infected pulp and disinfects the inside of the tooth and the canals. Gutta-percha, which resembles rubber, is used to fill and seal the tooth. It’s then covered with a filling or a crown to protect it.

Endodontists look for the underlying cause of the problem. Trauma, deep decay, faulty crowns, and a small fracture can cause infection inside a tooth and the attached root canals. The restored tooth recovers quickly and usually lasts for years.

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Root Induction

Primary (baby) teeth need dental care because problems are easily transferred to the permanent teeth that lie below them. Ukiah endodontist Dr. Emine Loxley has the skill and knowledge to identify and treat trauma or decay in young children’s teeth. Root induction is one method for treating the loss of nourishing pulp in immature teeth.

Apexogenisis is a type of root induction that encourages root tip development after the pulp chamber and canals are cleaned and disinfected. Because the pulp is allowed to heal, the tooth has a better chance to develop.

Another type of root induction is apexification. Partially developed teeth may have an open tip at the end of the root. Unhealthy pulp is removed. A temporary filling is placed near the bottom of the root to make a barrier to keep medication inside the canal. The process involves several visits and may result in root surgery or extraction.

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Root Canal Retreatment

Endodontics is a specialized field of advanced dentistry designed to preserve natural teeth instead of pulling them out. Patients who undergo a non-surgical root canal that fails to end inflammation or infection have another chance to save the tooth if they qualify for endodontic root canal retreatment.

Ukiah endodontist Dr. Emine Loxley reopens the tooth and removes the filling from the first root canal treatment. She checks again for any additional canals or fractures that can cause continued or new infection or inflammation. A surgical operating microscope helps locate previously undetected complications. Special tools permit reshaping and cleaning the narrow canals, which are then flushed to remove particles and infection.

After completing the root canal retreatment, the canals are filled and resealed. A temporary filling covers the opening until the patient sees the dentist for the tooth’s final restoration.

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Internal Bleaching

Injuries to your mouth can cause cracks in the teeth and damage to the pulp. This increases the likelihood of infection, and many patients are not aware of infection until it becomes too sever to endure. Internal bleaching is the process of whitening a tooth from the inside out, and it is performed in tandem with root canal therapy to eliminate any infections.

Santa Rosa Endodontics

723 S Dora St

Ukiah, CA 95482

Phone: (707) 380-0088

Fax: (707) 467-9729