Team Spotlight: Kevin Conroy

Team Spotlight: Kevin Conroy

Learn more about our endodontic care team at Phoenix Endodontic Group in our Team Spotlight.

Our October Team Spotlight features Operations Director, Kevin Conroy. Kevin is our go to for all administrative areas of the practice: bookkeeping. AP/AR, HR, scheduling, handles clinic facility operations and more. He is the glue that furthers Phoenix Endodontic Group moving toward our goal of being known as the best Endodontic Specialty clinic in the state of Arizona.

We had a Q&A with Kevin:

Full Name:Kevin G. Conroy

Job Title: Operations Director

What’s the day-to-day of your role like?: ? I manage all administrative areas of the practice: bookkeeping. AP/AR, HR, scheduling, etc. I also handle clinic facility operations and planning new equipment purchases.

What are 3 words to describe Phoenix Endodontic Group?: Patient-Focused, State-of-the-art, Leader in Endodontic Specialty in the State

Before working at Phoenix Endodontic Group, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?: I was a security guard for concerts and events in Washington DC during my college years.

First Job: I was a dishwasher in a Chinese Restaurant in Martinsville, VA.

Do you have any hobbies?: Reading history books, and hiking when the weather is right.

Favorite food: Italian Food

Favorite book: “The Devil’s Chessboard”

Favorite movie: The Outlaw Josey Wales

Something on your bucket list:Taking my three grandsons on a trip to Ireland (when they are old enough).

Guilty pleasure: Enjoying the quiet in the early morning drinking coffee outside (weather permitting).

Meet Dr. Bianca Aboubakare

Meet Dr. Bianca Aboubakare

Phoenix Endodontic Group is proud to welcome endodontist Bianca Aboubakare, D.M.D. M.S.D. to its team of endodontic specialists at its Central Phoenix location.

Dr. Bianca Aboubakare specializes in performing root canals. Root canal therapy is needed when the pulp of the tooth is infected or damaged; the procedure relieves the patient’s pain and typically saves the natural tooth. She welcomes her former patients and looks forward to meeting the patients at Phoenix Endodontic Group.

“Getting patients to relax, laugh, and smile during and after treatment is my specialty,” she said. Dr. “Bianca’s” colleagues at Phoenix Endodontic Group describe her as kind, compassionate, and quick to put her patients at ease.

Dr. Bianca Aboubakare received her D.M.D from Western University of Health Sciences in 2019 and her Certificate in Endodontics, M.S.D in 2022 at the University of the Pacific. She completed a General Practice Residency at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center in 2020 and pursued an Endodontics Residency at the University of the Pacific in 2022. Her involvement in the dental community includes giving back through volunteering at numerous organizations.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Aboubakare to our practice,” said Dr. Jacqueline S. Allen, Founder of Phoenix Endodontic Group.  Her experience and passion for the field of Endodontics align perfectly with our mission to deliver the highest level of care possible to patients needing endodontic therapy.  “We believe Dr. Bianca’s contributions will further enhance our goal of being known as the best Endodontic Specialty clinic in the state of Arizona.”

Phoenix Endodontic Group is dedicated to providing exceptional endodontic and root canal therapy in a patient-friendly environment. We utilize state-of-the-art dental technology, including GentleWave® at our practice and do everything possible to provide our patients with a comfortable and positive treatment experience in our office. We accept dental insurance, (both in and out of network) offer dental financing plans, and provide options for patients without insurance. For office hours, money-saving offers, or to book an appointment with Dr. Bianca visit our website or give us a call at 602-242-4745.

Team Spotlight: Janeth Zazuta

Team Spotlight: Janeth Zazuta

Learn more about our endodontic care team at Phoenix Endodontic Group in our Team Spotlight.

Our September Team Spotlight features office administrator, Janeth Zazuta. Janeth manages the administrative tasks in our endodontic practice and helps create a warm and welcoming environment. She maintains a positive and peaceful atmosphere to help our patients feel comfortable. She is a valued team member at Phoenix Endodontic Group and we are thrilled share a little more about Janeth.

We had a Q&A with Janeth:

Full Name: Janeth Soto Zazuta

Job Title: Office Administrator

What’s the day-to-day of your role like?: ? Keep a positive and peaceful atmosphere regardless of what the day brings.

What are 3 words to describe Phoenix Endodontic Group?: Kindhearted, educational, giving.

Before working at Phoenix Endodontic Group, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?: Shamrock Farms, watching gallons of milk on a rolling belt (Boring!)

First Job: K-Mart

Do you have any hobbies?: Facelifting old furniture, Decorating

Favorite food: Italian/Pastas

Pet(s): Maltese/American Pitbull

Favorite book: The Walk Series

Favorite movie: La Bamba/Hatchi

Something on your bucket list: Travel and learn about other cultures.

Guilty pleasure: Alone time.

Team Spotlight: Suzanna Salas

Team Spotlight: Suzanna Salas

Learn more about our endodontic care team at Phoenix Endodontic Group in our Team Spotlight.

Our August Team Spotlight features Suzie Salas. With a passion for precision and patient care, Suzie serves as a skilled Dental Assistant, bringing her expertise and compassion to every aspect of our practice. With a background in dentistry and a commitment to excellence, Suzie plays a pivotal role in ensuring that our patients’ experiences are comfortable and seamless. Her friendly demeanor and attention to detail create an environment where patients feel at ease, and her collaborative spirit enhances our cohesive team dynamic. Suzie’s dedication to her craft and her genuine concern for our patients’ well-being truly embody the spirit of quality care that defines Phoenix Endodontic Group.

We had a Q&A with Suzie:

Full Name: Suzanna Salas

Job Title: Dental Assistant

What’s the day-to-day of your role like?: Assisting doctor, educating patients on root canal treatments.

What are 3 words to describe Phoenix Endodontic Group?: Caring, Efficient, Dedicated.

Before working at Phoenix Endodontic Group, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?: I was a waitress/bartender at a Mexican restaurant.

First Job: Burger King

Do you have any hobbies?: Reading, yard work, playing with grandson

Favorite food: Italian

Pet(s): Boxer: Banner; Mixed Terrier: Coco

Favorite book: Anything by James Patterson

Favorite movie: Mama Mia

Something on your bucket list: Travel

Guilty pleasure: Watching Dr. Pimple Popper

How Long Does A Root Canal Procedure Take?

How Long Does A Root Canal Procedure Take?

Time is precious. That’s why, even when a natural tooth needs saving through a root canal procedure, we typically want to know how much time we’ll need to commit to the endodontist. Depending on the condition of your tooth, which tooth is getting the root canal, and a host of other factors, the amount of time needed for the root canal can vary considerably.

Here’s a brief look at some things that can impact the time required for your root canal – including care before and after the procedure itself.

Factors That Impact How Long A Root Canal Procedure Takes

1. The preliminary examination before your root canal procedure. This appointment is needed to confirm the diagnosis and help your endodontist plan your treatment.

2. You may need antibiotic treatment before your treatment. If your tooth is badly infected, you’ll need to complete a course of antibiotics before your root canal. This can delay your appointment or make the treatment itself more complicated.

3. Before the root canal itself, your endodontist will prepare your tooth. Before the actual cleaning of the tooth roots, your endodontist will have the area around the impacted tooth numbed with local anesthesia. Then a dental dam – a small sheet of latex or another material – will be placed to isolate the tooth and keep the area clean.

4. Root canal treatment itself can take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes. This includes cleaning the root canals, flushing them with a disinfecting agent, and placing a temporary filling. Teeth with multiple roots may take longer.

5. After the root canal treatment, you’ll need to schedule a follow-up appointment to place a permanent restoration. To provide extra protection from reinfection or additional damage, a crown is the necessary final step in the root canal process. It’s important to get a crown placed quickly to protect against new infection and ensure the root canal treatment succeeds.

 At our practice, we understand our patients have busy lives, so we provide an estimate of how long their root canal should take, from start to finish,” says Dr. Jacqueline S. Allen, who practices at the Phoenix Endodontic Group. “We welcome questions about our time estimates and any additional steps they may want to take at home before or after the procedure.

May Is Save Your Natural Teeth Month

May Is Save Your Natural Teeth Month

Recent years have brought amazing advances in dental care. Veneers, crowns, and even dental implants are available to restore or replace many functions of natural teeth. Perhaps the most important advances of all relate to saving  natural teeth, allowing you to use them for your entire lifetime.

The American Association of Endodontists (AAE) designates May as its “Worth Saving” public awareness month. This awareness campaign highlights the role that endodontists, who are highly trained dental specialists, play in saving natural teeth through root canal treatments and other techniques.

Dr. Allen Root Canal

Reasons Natural Teeth Are Worth Saving

Given the replacement or restoration options dental professionals have when a natural tooth is compromised by decay or injury, why do endodontists work so hard to save your teeth?

1. Most people want to save their natural teeth. In a survey sponsored by AAE, 95 percent of respondents said it is important to save their natural teeth. In fact, nearly a quarter of Millennials (born 1980-1996) said saving their natural teeth is their top concern about saving or restoring their body.

2. Natural teeth have benefits that artificial restorations cannot mimic. Natural teeth have connections to the gum tissue around them through the periodontal ligament and an epithelial attachment. These connections help teeth adapt to changes when chewing or talking and also help sustain gum health. Dental implants lack these connections.

3. Treatments to save teeth are less invasive. A root canal treatment has less impact on your mouth than an extraction or implant. Your post-procedure pain and recovery time is also lessened.

4. Root canal treatments are often overall less costly. Teeth extraction by itself is not expensive, but implants can cost thousands, even if only one or a few teeth need replacement.

5. Treatments to save natural teeth are more cost effective. A 2009 British study determined that for a tooth that could be saved with a root canal treatment or a re-treatment of a previous root canal, the lifetime costs of endodontic treatment were equal or less than replacing it with an implant.

Our natural teeth are designed to last a lifetime, and they can last a lifetime, with proper care and the assistance of endodontists if a tooth is badly infected or injured,” says Dr. Jacqueline S. Allen, who practices with the Phoenix Endodontic Group. “Our staff welcomes you to discuss your case with us. We’re happy to help you experience the benefits of saving your natural teeth.