3017 Telegraph Ave., Suite 200
Berkeley, CA 94705
ENDODONTIC CARE CENTER
Microsurgical and Microscopic Restorative
Root Canal Treatment
Message from Drs. James Ho and John Carman
Hello. Welcome to our office. We look forward to the opportunity to meet and care for you. Please explore the rest of our website, but here's a summary of our practice philosophy. It's ECC in a nutshell.
We do not treat teeth...instead, we take care of people who have a diseased or injured tooth. The pleasant and comforting environment of our office was designed with our patients' well-being in mind. We want your experience to be a positive one.
Even though we are endodontists, we do not think that our primary job is to do root canal treatments. We strongly believe that our main job is to properly and accurately diagnose pulpal ("root canal") disease. Only then, do we recommend or perform any necessary treatment; we want to get the diagnosis right!
We believe that endodontic treatment is so much more than "just a procedure" We believe that endodontics is the foundation for all subsequent restorative treatment. We believe that modern-day endodontics should strive to follow what we call:
"THE 7 R's OF RETAINING TEETH"
1) don’t Ruin, but strive to
The number one rule follows the Hippocratic Oath's first rule, "first, do no harm." That is, don’t Ruin teeth by doing the procedure without the microscope, without careful planning, or without deliberate attempts to preserve tooth structure. The microscope is ESSENTIAL for this - the better one can see, the better one can do. Often times, many clinicians focus on doing procedures as fast as possible with little regard to planning the procedure or ignoring the consequences of hasty and sloppy treatment. We are ethically opposed to that. As endodontists, our job isn't just to do a root canal procedure. Instead, we strongly feel that our job is to rehabilitate a tooth so that it is asymptomatic and functional, with longevity. We take pride in our treatments and stand behind what we do for our patients.
We strive to Rescue compromised teeth - those that really shouldn't be there, but need to be there for the welfare of our patient. Sometimes there are medical reason why we need to retain a tooth. Sometimes there are strategic reasons. Sometimes, there are reasons of convenience.
We strive to Repair damaged parts of teeth so that they can continue to function in a useful and comfortable manner for our patients. Sometimes, by Repairing a small area, we can avoid a costly replacement of an entire bridge or complicated restorative structure.
In areas of disease, our goal is to provide effective and thorough treatment so that we can Regenerate the bone that has been lost from chronic infections. In pediatrics, we strive to Regenerate the pulp in an underdeveloped tooth, so that our young patients have a chance to retain a tooth into their adulthood.
We are meticulous in Restoring teeth to function and aesthetics, so that they work and look like they did before they were drilled into. For many years, we have been committed to learning the nuances of adhesion science and cosmetic dentistry.
From an engineering and biomimetic standpoint, we strategically Reinforce teeth internally so that the filling materials actually make the teeth stronger, instead of making them weaker. We have even developed our own avant-garde technique to help stabilize and Reinforce cracks in teeth. We are in the process of analyzing our 10 year follow-ups for this technique.
And finally, we Re-evaluate the efficacy of our treatment with follow-up recall visits, so that we can gain valuable feedback on what does and what doesn’t help teeth.
We use all the current technology available and employ many avant-garde techniques to achieve "The 7 R's." It takes time, commitment, and concentration to retain teeth properly. We strive to do everything we can to retain teeth, instead of condemning teeth to extraction (removal) so easily. We don't like to give up on teeth and take great pride in resuscitating teeth that other endodontists have given up on. See our collection of Second Opinion Saves (SOS).