Bunczak Endodontics

1077 Helmo Ave N Suite 130
Oakdale, MN 55128 651-350-7259

Endodontist

Quality Endodontic Treatments in Oakdale, Minnesota

Now Offering the GentleWave System!

Effectively cleaning the deepest, most complex portions1,2 of the root canal system requires incredible innovation-and we are proud to offer that technology with the GentleWave® Procedure. The GentleWave Procedure is a state-of-the-art alternative to standard root canal treatment. The ultracleaning technology of the GentleWave Procedure is an advanced combination of fluid dynamics and a broad range of soundwaves that work together to reach into the microscopic spaces and remove bacteria, debris and tissue. The GentleWave Procedure is so effective at cleaning and disinfecting the root canal system, there’s less chance of failure over time. The GentleWave Procedure uses a minimally invasive protocol to access the infected root canal system, which means it is preserving more of the natural tooth and, in doing so, is helping to keep the tooth’s structure strong. With the GentleWave Procedure we can also typically clean and fill the tooth in just one appointment, which may reduce the number of appointments required. Achieving an exceptional level of clean requires advanced endodontics-and that’s something we take pride in providing. Contact us today to discover the GentleWave Difference for yourself.

Endodontist

Dr. Mary Ann Bunczak

Dr. Bunczak was raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. She attended Marquette University for undergraduate studies in biology. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Minnesota: School of Dentistry in 1992, did a General Practice Residency at the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Hospital for one year and then completed her Master of Science degree and Residency in endodontics in 1995 at the University of Minnesota, as well.She has previously taught at the University of Minnesota: School of Dentistry in the Department of Endodontics as an assistant clinical professor. Dr. Bunczak is a member of the American Association of Endodontists, American Dental Association, Minnesota Dental Association, and St Paul District Dental Society. She lives in West Lakeland with her four children and two Siberian cats. Her hobbies include downhill skiing, reading, and lifting weights.


Endodontist

Dr. Lauren E. Kuhn, DMD MSD

Dr. Kuhn was born and raised in a small logging community outside of Aberdeen, Washington. She attended Gonzaga University for her undergraduate degree in biology. She then attended the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, for her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. During that time, she competed in the 2015 Miss America Scholarship Pageant, where she placed fourth runner-up. For her residency, she attended the Medical University of South Carolina in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. In March 2019, Dr. Kuhn participated in a dental mission trip in Treasure Beach, Jamaica, through the Christian Dental Society.

Dr. Kuhn enjoys helping patients make informed decisions and serving as a partner in their care. She is eager to answer patient questions and help them feel comfortable at Bunczak Endodontics.

She teaches root canal procedures in the predoctoral clinics of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Kuhn is a member of the St. Paul District Dental Society, Minnesota Dental Association, American Dental Association® and American Association of Endodontists.Dr. Kuhn lives in St. Paul with her fiance, a 3M research scientist. Together, they enjoy exploring the outdoors, golfing, downhill skiing, bike riding, and cooking.


Endodontics

Endodontics is the area of dentistry focused on the study and treatment of the dental pulp. The pulp is the innermost layer of the tooth and includes the tooth’s living connective tissue and cells. It also houses the tooth nerves and blood vessels. If this area of the tooth becomes injured or diseased, it often results in serious tooth pain and sensitivity. When infection and damage in the dental pulp go untreated, they can cause the tooth to die, necessitating extraction. The goal of endodontic treatment is to restore the health of the tooth and prevent the need for tooth extraction.

The most common type of endodontic treatment is root canal therapy, which is often simply called a root canal. During root canal therapy, our dentist and team remove the injured and infected tissues from the tooth, thoroughly clean the tooth, and fill the tooth. The tooth is then capped with a restoration, such as a dental crown, to protect the tooth and restore its structure and appearance.

If root canal therapy is not the right treatment for you or infection recurs after the tooth has undergone a root canal, our dentist may recommend further endodontic treatment. Other endodontic treatment options include root canal retreatment, apicoectomy, pulpal debridement and pulpotomy.

We invite you to contact our office today to learn more about endodontics and the services we provide.