American Association of Endodontists
Specialist in Saving Teeth
Phillip S. Min, DDS, MS
Practice Limited to Endodontics
You have been referred to our ofﬁce for root canal therapy, more precisely known as endodontics. It is one of the dental specialties and is the only type of treatment performed in our ofﬁce.
Our practice is dedicated to maintaining the highest quality of endodontic care and treatment excellence by utilizing the most modern procedures, and the best qualified staff. Our close communication, frequent consultation, and immediate access to your dental records enable us to provide a comprehensive service.
The goals of our practice are simple; to provide a treatment experience for you that is as painless and comfortable as possible, and to provide a predictable results for your tooth.
ABOUT DR. PHILLIP MIN
Dr. Phillip S. Min attended University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA), for his undergraduate studies in Biochemistry. He received his dental degree from University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dentistry and also received his Masters Degree in Oral Biology in 1991. He completed his specialty training in Endodontics at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine in 1993.
Dr. Min had practiced in Beverly Hills and Century City for three years before setting his roots in the Mid-Wilshire area. He served as a lecturer and clinical instructor during 1993 to 1999 at UCLA School of Dentistry, Department of Endodontics
Dr. Min is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Los Angeles Dental Society, Southern California Endodontic Association, Korean Dental Association, and is a specialist member of the American Association of Endodontics. He is also a member of OKU National Dental Honor Society.
Root Canal Therapy
All dentists, including your general dentist, received endodontic training in dental school. General dentists can perform endodontic procedures along with other dental procedures, but often they refer patients needing endodontic treatment to endodontists.
Endodontists are dentists with special training in endodontic procedures. They do only endodontics in their practices because they are specialists. To become specialists, they complete dental school and an additional two years of advanced training in endodontics. They may perform routine as well as difficult and very complex endodontic surgery. Endodontists are also experienced at finding the cause of oral and facial pain that has been difficult to diagnose.
First, the endodontist will discuss your treatment options. If you and your endo-
dontist choose retreatment, the endodontist will reopen your tooth to gain access
to the root canal ﬁlling material.
ln many cases, complex restotative materials-crown, post, and core material—must be disassembled and removed to permit access to the root canals.
To understand endodontic surgery, it helps first to know something about the nonsurgical endodontic procedure, or "root canal." A root canal is necessary when the soft inner tissue, or "pulp" of the tooth becomes inflamed or infected. This may happen as a result of deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a blow to the tooth. Endodontic treatment removes the damaged pulp. Then the tooth's canals are cleaned and filled to help preserve the tooth.
In a few cases, however, nonsurgical endodontic treatment alone cannot save the tooth. In such a case, your dentist or endodontist may recommend surgery