Sonoma Endodontics

Dr. Tina Vani

Endodontist located in Petaluma, CA

When you need to save teeth that are infected all the way to the pulp, see an endodontist to receive expert care. Trust Dr. Tina Vani of Sonoma Endodontics to offer you the highest quality care so you can maintain a healthy smile. If you live in Petaluma, California, or the surrounding area, call her office or book an appointment online to take advantage of her superior endodontic training and skills.

Endodontics Q & A

What is an endodontist?

When you smile, you see the outer enamel of your teeth. It’s, of course, important to care for this part of your teeth with regular oral hygiene, whitening, and restoration. But, within your teeth exists a series of tiny canals containing blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. This pulp can become infected, causing pain and possible tooth loss. An endodontist’s practice centers around caring for this sensitive internal part of your teeth.

Who should see an endodontist rather than a dentist?

You may not be aware of the internal structures of your teeth on a daily basis, because they don’t cause pain. But when you have a deep infection, the symptoms can be overwhelming.

Pain, while chewing or applying pressure, indicates something is wrong with the health of your tooth. Symptoms that indicate you need an endodontic evaluation include:

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold beverages or foods
  • Swelling around your teeth or soft tissue of your mouth
  • Serious discoloration of teeth beyond normal yellowing

What qualifications do endodontists have?

Dr. Vani underwent three additional years of a specialized fellowship in endodontics beyond dental school. This training focused on issues that can arise deep within teeth at the pulp level. She is also licensed by the state of California and remains up to date on the latest endodontic treatment strategies by undergoing regular continuing education.

Your dentist may recommend you visit Dr. Vani so she can look for a deep, underlying cause of tooth pain and provide the treatment that addresses issues inside your teeth. With the right care, an endodontist like Dr. Vani can save a diseased tooth.

What types of treatments do endodontists provide?

As an endodontist, Dr. Vani is a specialist in performing root canals. Her time is devoted primarily to root canals -- so she’s an expert -- performing dozens of them per week. You can trust she’ll make the procedure quick and effective so that you heal quickly.

She can also address dental injuries caused by trauma and handle dental implants to replace missing teeth.

To receive expert care for the deepest parts of your teeth, contact Dr. Vani by phone or book an appointment online.