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Gary Backlund, DMD, MSD

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returns 11/04/2016

I am an Endodontist ( root canal specialist ) and can answer questions about root canals and their treatment. I cannot diagnose or treat online, but can answer general questions. I have been a specialist for 25 years and am Past President of the Washington State Association of Endodontists.

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25 years practicing as a specialist


American Association of Endodonists, Past President Washington State Association of Endodontists.

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Kevin Davis DDS09/29/16101010Your answer was great and I appreciate .....
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Recent Answers from Gary Backlund, DMD, MSD

2016-09-29 root canal:

Hi Kevin,    Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with Dakin's Solution. We use only sodium hypochlorite. I think it is important to disinfect as much as possible in addition to good instrumentation. The only

2016-09-29 root canal "sterilization":

Hi Kevin...yes, sorry for the confusion. Pretty impossible to "sterilize" the inside of a tooth.    Gary Backlund DMD, MSD

2016-09-24 pain after 1st art of root canal:

Thanks Jason.....since you can chew comfortably, that isn't an explanation for your pain. Chewing sensitivity is a HUGE problem in some root canal treatments.    From what you have written, it sounds like

2016-09-24 pain after 1st art of root canal:

Hi Jason,    I'm sorry all this is going on. Before I try to help, I need you to do something and tell me what you feel. Hold your teeth firmly together and slide from side to side. Now, "clack" your teeth

2016-06-13 Pain in endodontically treated molar:

Hi Melina,    I'm sorry to hear you're having this problem. It's a little hard to see the apices of the that molar clearly on the x-ray image you sent, but it does appear that one of the roots is failing


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