Endodontics Specialist

Morteza Khatibzadeh, DDS -  - General Dentist

Blue Mountain Dentistry

Morteza Khatibzadeh, DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Mission Square Center, San Diego, CA

Endodontics is the dentistry that focuses on the parts of your teeth you can’t see — the central pulp portion and roots of your teeth. At Blue Mountain Dentistry in San Diego, Dr. Mori uses state-of-the-art endodontic techniques including advanced root canal therapy to relieve your painful symptoms and prevent serious oral health problems. If you’re having tooth pain, call the office or use our online system to schedule an exam right away.

Endodontics Q & A

What is endodontics?

Endodontic dentistry deals with the central interior portion of the tooth, which includes the pulp portion of the tooth that contains the nerves and other “living” tissue, and the root of the tooth. These dentists are sometimes called endodontists, and they perform an array of procedures, including root canal therapy, apicoectomy, and dental implant surgery. Seeing a dentist with skills and experience in endodontics ensures you’ll receive comprehensive care for all your dental needs.

What is a root canal?

A root canal removes the central portion of the tooth (called the pulp) if it’s damaged or infected. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues in narrow channels or canals that extend from the center of the tooth to the tip of the tooth root. Root canal procedures preserve the tooth so it doesn’t have to be pulled.

How is a root canal procedure performed?

During the root canal procedure, Dr. Mori uses special instruments to remove the damaged or infected pulp, then seals the canals and fills the space to stabilize the tooth. Finally, he prepares your tooth for a crown, which is needed to provide additional strength for the tooth. You’ll need to return to the office for a second visit so the temporary crown can be replaced with your permanent crown.

What is an apicoectomy?

An apicoectomy removes the tip of a tooth’s root (called the root apex) when it’s infected. Such infections are rare, but when they do occur, Dr. Mori can perform an apicoectomy to remove the root tip and any damaged or infected surrounding tissue. Then, he’ll seal the root to prevent reinfection of the area.

What symptoms indicate I might need a root canal?

Infection or damage deep inside your tooth typically causes symptoms like:

  • Pain in the tooth or the surrounding gum tissue
  • Pain that’s worse when you press on your tooth or when you bite and chew
  • Excessive sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures

If an infection has spread to the soft gum tissues, your gums may be sore and swollen. If you have any tooth pain, it’s important to call the office right away so your pain can be evaluated and treated before more serious issues develop.