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I have had a root canal done & a had a pfm crown on tooth #8 back in 2007. Recently I went for a check up and they found a gum infection right over that tooth. The dentist sounded like she could not make up her mine on which one to go with. She said apicoectomy would be cheaper but root canal would probably be better but she said apicoectomy last time. So Idk which one to go with. I'm afraid i wont like my new crown if I go with root canal 7 will cost me more money. I'm also worried that the apicoectomy will leave a nasty scar and cause future discomfort.

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Dear Nick:
Sorry for the delay.  I would definitely consult with an endodontist!  Looks as if the root canal can be done tighter.  Goto www.aae.org and look up a root canal specialist in your area.  Go in for a consult.  An apicoectomy is a predictable and excellent procedure that should be done by a well trained endodontist.  however, before that, the root canal treatment has to be perfect.
Please go and see the proper specialist.  This is not a job for your general dentist, with all due respect.
Best of luck,
Dr. Zev Kaufman

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Zev Kaufman, D.D.S.

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I can answer any question from simple routine dentistry to very complex dentistry with emphasis on reconstructive, cosmetic, and implant dentistry. My expertise is in co-ordination of very complex treatment plans with other dental specialists or as a one-man-team, since I have extensive training in Prosthodontics, Surgical Implantology, and orthodontics.

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Over a decade in private practice of Surgical Implantology and Prosthodontics. Founder and owner of Prosthodontics & Implant Surgery of Manhattan, PC. Clinical Assistant Professor at the Post-Graduate Department of Periodontics & Implant Dentistry at New York University College of Dentistry. Lecture weekly since 1999 on advanced Implant Prosthodontics at New York University College of Dentistry Post-Graduate Program in Periodontics & Implant Dentistry. Former clinical assistant professor of Dental Radiology at the NYU College of Dentistry. Former clinical and lecture faculty at Lincoln Hospital, Dental residency program. Former clinical and lecture faculty at St. Barnabas Hospital (Bronx, NY) dental residency program. Lecture nationally on Prosthodontics and Implant Dentistry.

Organizations
Memeber of the American College of Prosthodontics. Memeber of the Acacdemy of Osseointegration. Member or the Omikron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) Honors Dental Society. Member of the American Dental Education Association.

Education/Credentials
Graduated with Honors from New York University College of Dentistry. Post-Graduate training and certificate in the specialty of Prosthodontics. Post-Graduate training and ceritificate in Surgical and Prosthetic Implant Dentistry. Honors-program in Comprehensive and Applied Practice Management. Honors-program in Orthodontics.

Awards and Honors
NYU Cervice award to the community. OKU honor society. National Dean's List. National Who's Who.

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