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LONG BEACH ENDODONTIST

John Aivaz DDS, MMSc.
A Harvard-Trained Endodontist
Former Clinical Assistant Professor of Endodontics, New York University

5175 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Suit # 405, Long Beach, California 90804

Welcome to our office!

A dental office exclusively specialized in the practice of Endodontics

We perform:

Root Canal Treatment
Root Canal Retreatment
Surgical Retreatment

You may be visiting us because you found out that you need a root canal treatment. Contrary to popular belief, root canal treatments are very simple procedures and can be totally pain-free, when performed by an experienced and qualified endodontist. The key to having a smooth and painless experience is picking the right practice.

We want to assure you that you have chosen the right practice. Here’s why:

  • You have been referred to our practice by your trusted general dentist.
  • We have been in practice in this location for almost 34 years.
  • We have a team with comprehensive advanced training.
  • We have support staff devoted to delivering exceptional patient care.
  • We strive to create the most relaxing atmosphere possible for our patients.

Our Team

Dr. John Aivaz

Dr. Aivaz received his dental degree from Tehran University in Iran in 1971.  In 1973, he was invited to teach as an instructor at the Department of Maxillo-Facial surgery at the National University of Iran. He enjoyed his professorship at this university until March of 1979.

In August 1979, he was accepted into a postdoctoral Endodontics program at Harvard University. He completed the program in 1982, and received his Certificate of Endodontics as well as his Masters Degree in Oral Biology. In his final year at Harvard University, he published a book on the development and application of demineralized bone powder to be used as bone graft materials in dental surgeries.
In 1982, Dr. Aivaz began teaching Endodontics at New York University Dental School as a clinical assistant professor. In the meantime, he also practiced as an Endodontist in private practices in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Long Island until 1984. He moved to California and in 1985 he started his Endodontics practice in Long Beach, CA. Since that time, he has been successfully and proudly practicing and serving his patients, who are referred by general dentists from all over the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.

He is a Member of the Harbor Dental Society, a Lifetime member of the California Dental Association, a lifetime member of the American Dental Association, and a lifetime member of American Association of Endodontics.

In his free time, Dr. Aivaz enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. He is a proud father to his oldest daughter, a dermatologist practicing locally at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, his son, who is currently a medical student at George Washington University, and his middle daughter who is a graduate of Duke University pursuing a Masters degree in Psychology. Dr. Aivaz is an avid runner, hiker, and biker. He is a great admirer of Salvador Dali’s artwork, many of whose lithographs are on display in the office.

Dr. Jose Perea

Dr. Jose Ignacio Perea, is a proudly Board Certified Endodontist, Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, a certification that less than 25% of endodontists in the U.S. have received going through rigorous exams and treating tough clinical cases. He received his specialist training at University of Southern California, which is regarded worldwide as one of the leading schools in dentistry. He currently serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor of endodontics at the postgraduate program at USC.

American born and Colombian raised, Dr. Perea, graduated in 1993 from the prestigious Javeriana College of Dentistry, Bogota, Colombia in where he also completed his first endodontic residency in 1995. For ten years after graduation, he operated a successful private practice as well as taught endodontics as part of his alma mater’s postgraduate program. He received his DDS degree in the US in 2005. But to reclaim the endodontics career he loved, Dr. Perea enthusiastically chose to pursue the endodontics program at USC for a degree and a profession he had already mastered sixteen years earlier. He has been involved as an associate with Dr. Aivaz, office for almost sixteen years. Due to his sincerity, honesty, and absolute dedication to quality of care, ever since he stepped into this office, he has been loved by all patients, staff and Dr. Aivaz.

Office Staff

Dr. Aivaz’s staff is knowledgeable and dedicated to ensuring that patient’s needs are met in a timely and professional manner. Many of the staff have been with Dr. Aivaz for over ten years, and are well-known by patients for putting them at ease and making them comfortable throughout the procedures.

Consultation and Emergency Care Doctors

Dr. Aivaz’s “consultation and emergency care dentists” are available in the office to assist with urgent patients that need to be seen same day. They help prioritize patient treatment and minimize wait times so that patients are treated and made comfortable as soon as possible. These dentists and their support staff give compassionate and individualized attention to each patient with detailed evaluation of the patient’s needs and a thorough discussion of findings.

Our Procedures

Root Canal Treatment: Having knowledge about the anatomy of a tooth can help a patient understand what a root canal treatment entails. (first diagram, left). Pulp tissue (which is made up of blood vessels and nerves) is contained in the canals of an otherwise healthy tooth. When pulp tissue becomes inflamed or infected, a root canal treatment becomes necessary (second Diagram). This can happen as a result of a deep cavity, or cracking and chipping of a tooth, causing pain, infection, and swelling. At this point, the pulp tissue and the surrounding infected tissue have to be removed from the canals (Third Diagram). The canals are then carefully cleaned, washed, and dilated using tiny files. Lastly, the root canal is filled with cement and filling materials (fourth Diagram).

Root Canal Retreatment: Rarely, a root canal treatment may fail or the treated tooth may not heal as expected. In that case, the initial root canal treatment has to be redone. Reasons for failure of a root canal are numerous and include: unusual anatomy of a canal, delayed restoration, new decay exposing filling materials to bacteria, or a cracked tooth. The same procedure states above is used to perform a root canal retreatment.

Surgical retreatment “root-end resection”: When a root canal retreatment is not possible, the gum tissue near the end of the infected root of a previously treated tooth is exposed. This allows the dentist to remove the tip of the root and clean out the infected tissue (Diagram, 6&7).

Our Technology

  1. Digital x-ray system.

  2. Electronic devices. Used as apex or root end locators, which are needed for measurement of the roots as well as reduction in radiation exposure.
  3. Nickel Titanium Rotary Files. Used to clean and shape the canals while preserving the natural anatomy of the canal and preserving root structure. This improves prognosis and longevity of the tooth.

  4. High-end, powerful microscopes. Used for select complicated cases, which allows for a higher rate of
    success and better prognosis of the treatment.

  5. CT Scan, 3D imaging machines. Used to see the intricacies and detailed anatomy of the canals and the surrounding tissues in 3D, which improves the success rate of the procedure.

Our accepted insurance plans and payment methods

  • All indemnity dental insurance plans such as Delta Dental of California and Delta Dentals of all other States.
  • All PPO Dental plans.
  • All HMO Dental plans including:
  • Delta Care USA PMI
  • Safeguard/Metlife
  • Cigna Dental
  • Aetna
  • Guardian
  • First Dental Health
  • Blue Shield
  • United Concordia
  • Premier Access
  • Liberty Dental
  • WDPM
  • Dental Benefit Provider of California
  • Anthem/Blue Cross/Dental Net Managed Dental Care
  • California Dental Plan
  • Dental Health Services, DHS
  • Pacific Union Dental Operating Engineers
  • Connection Dental, Wester Dental Services
  • United Health Care, American Health Guard
  • Golden West
  • Pacificare

Most credit and debit cards are accepted.

All patients with Care Credit Coverage are welcomed.

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