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Endodontics Specialist

Olive Tree Dental

Marna Mae Longakit, DDS

Cosmetic Dentist & Endodontist located in Sunnyvale, CA

The pulp in your teeth contains nerves and blood vessels that, when infected, can cause debilitating pain and discomfort. Fortunately, Marna Mae Longakit, DDS, and the team at Olive Tree Dental in Sunnyvale, California, use a variety of endodontic treatments to eliminate tooth infections, pain, and reinfection inside your teeth. For more information on the endodontic procedures available at Olive Tree Dental, call the office or book an endodontics appointment online now.

Endodontics Q&A

What is endodontics?

Endodontics is an area of dentistry that focuses on the pulp and surrounding tissues inside of your teeth. When tooth decay or an infection reaches the pulp, it can spread and destroy your teeth, tooth-supporting tissues and bone, and even travel to your head and neck. To prevent more serious health concerns, it’s important to visit Olive Tree Dental for an endodontic treatment.

Dr. Longakit and her team use rotary endodontics to perform treatments. This means they use an electrical handpiece to perform endodontic treatments faster and with more control.

What are the most common endodontic treatments?

Olive Tree Dental offers several endodontic treatments at their office, including:

Root canal therapy

Root canal therapy is the most common type of endodontic treatment. Dr. Longakit typically performs a root canal if you have a tooth infection that’s reached your pulp. During this treatment, she drills a small access hole into the affected tooth to remove the infection and any diseased tissue. 

She then cleans out and disinfects the tooth chamber before replacing the pulp with a putty-like material called gutta-percha. Finally, she seals the tooth and returns it to full function.

Retreatment

While root canal therapy has a 95% success rate, an infection can return if you don’t care for the tooth properly. If you have a dental crown, Dr. Longakit will remove it to access the infected tooth underneath. She then removes the filling material and completely cleans out the chamber to examine the tooth. 

Olive Tree Dental has an in-office endo microscope, so Dr. Longakit can observe any small canals that may need retreatment. Finally, she fills and seals the tooth to prepare it for a new crown at a later visit.

What are the signs of a tooth infection?

Many people have no idea they have a tooth infection until it advances and begins affecting the nerves in their tooth. Some of the most common symptoms of a tooth infection include:

  • Tooth pain
  • Pain that worsens when chewing
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Swollen gums
  • Fever
  • Facial swelling

A rush of foul-tasting liquid is a sign of a burst abscess and requires immediate medical attention.

To schedule an endodontics appointment with Dr. Longakit, call Olive Tree Dental or book a visit online today.