Calgary’s Specialty Dental Clinic

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Three Dental Specialties
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Appointments Available
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No Judgement Services
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Meet Our Endodontists

Dr. Kiarash Shabehpour

Dr. Kiarash Shabehpour (or Dr. Kia as his patients tend to call him) started his dentistry journey in 1998. After earning his DDS degree in dentistry and practicing for a few years, he moved to Canada with his wife.

In Canada, he attended dental school again at the University of British Columbia for his 2nd degree in dentistry, this time a DMD, practiced for a few more years in both Vancouver and Prince George and then completed three extra years of specialist training in Endodontics at UBC. Dr. Shabehpour primarily helps his patients and colleagues with root canal-related treatments and surgeries on a referral basis. He is fluent in English and Farsi.

Meet Our Endodontists

Dr. Adriana Hernandez

Dr. Adriana Hernandez obtained her BDS degree in Venezuela in 2005. Following several years of successful practice as a general dentist, she decided to further her expertise by specializing in Endodontics. Her journey as a specialist in Endodontics allowed her to serve the dental community in Venezuela with high skill and dedication for several years.

Later on, Dr. Hernandez, along with her husband and three children, relocated to Canada. In Canada, she pursued additional dental education at the University of British Columbia, where she earned certification for her specialty degree. Today, Dr. Hernandez primarily assists patients and colleagues with root canal treatments and endodontic surgeries on a referral basis. She is fluent in English and Spanish.


What is dental trauma?

Endodontic dental trauma refers to injuries that affect the internal structures of the tooth, specifically the pulp (nerve and blood vessels) and the surrounding tissues such as the periodontal ligament.

This type of trauma can be caused by a variety of factors, including physical trauma (e.g. a blow to the tooth), dental procedures, and disease. Symptoms may include pain, swelling, and discoloration of the affected tooth.

Treatment options may include root canal therapy or extraction of the affected tooth.


When should you see an endodontist for dental trauma?

If you experience endodontic dental trauma, it is important to seek immediate medical attention. You can contact our team immediately to see an endodontist, who is a specialist in treating dental trauma and performing root canal therapy.

Our endodontist will be able to assess the extent of the damage and provide appropriate treatment, which may include cleaning and disinfecting the affected tooth, filling the root canals, and placing a crown or other protective covering.

In some cases, surgery may be necessary to repair the damage. It is also important to follow any post-treatment care instructions provided by the endodontist to ensure proper healing and prevent further complications.


What is the process for treating dental trauma?

The process for treating endodontic dental trauma involves first assessing the extent of the injury and determining if there is any damage to the pulp or root of the tooth. Depending on the severity of the injury, treatment options may include a root canal procedure to remove any damaged or infected tissue, a pulpotomy to remove the top portion of the pulp, or a direct pulp capping procedure to protect the remaining healthy pulp.

After the initial treatment, the tooth may need to be restored with a filling or crown to protect and strengthen it.

Additionally, follow-up appointments may be necessary to ensure that the tooth is healing properly and to monitor for any complications.

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