Erik A. Stalder, DDS

 

 “My goal is to treat all patients as I would want to be treated, and I strive to provide technically excellent work on a
daily basis.”

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Our Doctors

Kevin B. Stewart, DMD

 

“With a patient-centered approach to treatment,
I focus on delivering the best possible outcomes.”

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Christopher S. Oswald, DMD

 

“I take great satisfaction in knowing I can relieve one's dental discomfort in a calm setting with a wonderful team.”

Our Office

Thank you for your interest in Mission Valley Endodontics, the specialty office of Dr. Erik A. Stalder, Dr. Kevin B. Stewart and  Dr. Christopher S. Oswald.

 

The goal of Mission Valley Endodontics is to provide each patient the highest possible level of endodontic treatment in a friendly and comfortable environment.

 

We look forward to serving you!  Our team, led by endodontic specialists Dr. Erik A. Stalder, Dr. Kevin Stewart and Dr. Christoher Oswald, includes an experienced and compassionate endodontic supporting staff. Dr. Stalder, Dr. Stewart and
Dr. Oswald are specialist members of the American Association of Endodontists (AAE).

 

We are an extension of your general dentist’s office. Your dentist wishes that you receive outstanding endodontic treatment by referring you to our office. It is our goal to meet or exceed your expectations. Dr. Stalder, Dr. Stewart and Dr. Oswald thoroughly explain diagnostic findings and recommendations, and tailor treatment to the specific needs of each patient.

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We are a patient oriented practice devoted to providing specialized endodontic care in an inviting and comfortable environment.  We have a highly trained staff that is devoted to making your time with us a calming and positive experience.  We are committed to providing our patients and referring doctors the highest level of service.

 

As your dental health professionals, we want you to be confident knowing that we are a team of highly trained and skilled clinicians.

 

We pride ourselves in providing the endodontic care you need to keep your smile healthy. To give you the best possible service and results, we are committed to continual education and learning.  We attend dental lectures, meetings, and conventions to stay informed of new techniques, the latest products, and the newest equipment that a modern dental office can utilize to provide state-of-the-art dental care.

 

Building a foundation of trust by treating our patients as special individuals is vital to our success.  We understand how uneasy some patients may feel about root canal treatment, and how we can make a difference in providing a relaxing and positive experience.  Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with excellent, personalized care and service to make your visits as comfortable and pleasant as possible.

We desire to provide our patients with high-quality, affordable endodontic treatment.


Fees for endodontic therapy are based on the complexity of the tooth and will vary with the number of root canals in each tooth. Our staff will discuss fee information with you before initiating treatment.

 

Patients are responsible for full payment of fees at the time of treatment. We accept Cash, Check, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover and offer a payment plan administered by Care Credit. Obtain more information and pre-qualify for CareCredit  prior to your appointment.

 

To facilitate access to our care, we are contracted providers with several PPO insurance plans.  Please contact our office with questions about insurance and our involvement with your specific plan.

 

As a courtesy to our patients with insurance, we will file and track all the forms pertinent to your treatment. Your quoted fee is an estimate based on the accuracy of information provided by you and your insurance company. It takes into account claims previously processed by them; however, there may be outstanding claims from other offices that could reduce or eliminate benefits. You are responsible for knowing the specific coverage level of your insurance plan. You will be responsible for any deductible amount, co-insurance, or any balance not paid by your insurance company. You are encouraged to contact your insurance company to determine your co-payment and benefits prior to your first visit.

 

•  Full payment of the patient's estimated portion of the total fee is due at the beginning of treatment.

 

•  We will track your insurance for a period of 45 days. If no payment is received, your assigned claim will be released, and you will be responsible for the remaining balance. Patient payments are due within 15 days.

 

Any late insurance credits will be mailed directly to the patient.

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Your first appointment will consist of a consultation to review your medical history, diagnose your dental problem and discuss your treatment options. Very often, we can perform the root canal treatment during this appointment. However, a complicated medical history or treatment plan will require a more extensive evaluation and possibly multiple visits to correct the problem.

 

Please refrain from taking pain medication at least 6 hours prior to your consultation appointment, as it can interfere with diagnostic testing.

 

Along with your patient forms, it will be important for you to bring:

•  your referral slip and any X-rays if your dentist has not sent them to us

•  a list of medications you are presently taking

 

•  your dental insurance card or dental insurance forms completed –  this will save time when processing claims

 

 

Building a foundation of trust by treating our patients as special individuals is vital to our success.  We understand how uneasy some patients may feel about root canal treatment, and how we can make a difference in providing a relaxing and positive experience.  Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with excellent, personalized care and service to make your visits as comfortable and pleasant as possible.

 

For our patients who are overly anxious about receiving endodontic treatment, we can prescribe an oral sedative medication. Triazolam (Halcion®), is a medication (in pill form) that can greatly minimize anxiety that might be associated with treatment.  Although you will be in a very relaxed state, you will still be conscious and able to communicate with the doctors.  Even though triazolam (Halcion®) is relatively safe, effective, and is metabolized after the dental visit, you should be aware of some important precautions and considerations.  Our team will review all pertinent information with you at the consultation appointment.

 

There is a spectrum of the endodontic disease process, ranging from mild inflammation of the pulp to chronic infection of the pulp that has extended to the surrounding bone and periodontium.  We are more concerned with providing quality care than quick care.  If the anatomy in your tooth is complex and/or there are signs and symptoms of infection, it may require more than one visit in our office to successfully treat your problem.  Dr. Stalder and Dr. Oswald will discuss your specific case  with you at the consultation visit.

Your First Visit

We offer a relaxing environment

to make visits easier.

 

What is Endodontics?

 

The word endodontic comes from the greek words endo meaning inside and dont meaning tooth. Endodontics is the branch of dentistry that is concerned with the morphology, physiology, and pathology of the human dental pulp and periradicular tissues. Its study and practice encompass the basic and clinical sciences including biology of the normal pulp and the etiology, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and injuries of the pulp and associated periradicular conditions. Endodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association.

 

 


What is an Endodontist?

 

Endodontists specialize in maintaining teeth through endodontic therapy, also known as root canal treatment.  Endodontists, like Dr. Stalder, Dr. Stewart and Dr. Oswald, are dentists with additional years of post-doctoral residency training specifically focused on diagnosing and treating problems associated with the inside structure of the tooth.

 

Our doctors have advanced surgical and nonsurgical skills that allow them to perform routine as well as complex procedures including retreatments of previous root canal therapies that have not completely healed. They are also experienced at finding the cause of oral and facial pain that has been difficult to diagnose.

 

We attend dental lectures, meetings, and conventions to stay informed of new techniques, the latest products, and the newest equipment that a modern dental office can utilize to provide state-of-the-art dental care. Also, being members of various professional dental associations helps us to stay abreast of the changes and recommendations for our profession.

 

 

Learn more about Endodontics by clicking on a topic below:

Tooth Anatomy

Root Canals

Re-Treatment

Surgery

Cracked Teeth

Trauma

Cases

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2655 Camino Del Rio North

Suite 150

San Diego, California 92108-1603

 

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