Medical Profiles: Alpine Endodontics

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Ryan Van Moorlehem, D.M.D. 826 N. 100 East, Suite 3, Spanish Fork (801) 504-6070 

www.alpineendodontics.com

Dr. Ryan Van Moorlehem has specialized training and experience in root canal treatment.

Dr. Ryan Van Moorlehem has specialized training and experience in root canal treatment.

Since March of 2009 Alpine Endodontics, located in Spanish Fork, has been providing specialty dental care to much of Utah Valley that has not previously had an endodontist.

“Many people have never heard of an endodontist,” says Dr. Ryan Van Moorlehem. “Before dental school I didn’t exactly know what one was either. An endodontist is a dentist who has completed four years of dental school and then an additional two to three years of specialty training in root canal treatment only.”

Raised in Provo, Dr. Van Moorlehem attended Timpview High School, served an LDS mission in Guatemala and then earned a B.S. in biology from the University of Utah in 1998. Later that year he enrolled in dental school at Boston University.

Dr. Van Moorlehem graduated magna cum laude in 2002 and returned to Salt Lake City where he practiced as a general dentist for three years before returning to Boston University in 2005 to complete his two-year residency for specialty training in endodontics.

“I thought I had learned a lot my first four years in Boston, but my additional two-year residency really opened my eyes to a new world of endodontics,” he says.

Dr. Van Moorlehem is trained with the latest techniques and technologies in endodontics.

“For me, the surgical microscope has made the single biggest difference when performing root canal treatments,” he says. “Now I can actually see much of the anatomy inside the tooth. This helps, whether I am doing a root canal, a retreatment or a surgery.”

Advancements in endodontics allow Dr. Van Moorlehem to preserve teeth that would have been extracted in the past.

“Alleviating pain is usually what my patients are interested in most, and that is definitely top of my list,” he says. “However, I also get a lot of satisfaction in seeing the overall benefits of keeping the natural teeth.”

Free Medical Tip: Sometimes a tooth that has been very painful, including severe sensitivity to cold or hot, can seem to suddenly stop hurting. This can be a sign that the inflamed nerve tissue is dying and on its way to an abscess. So don’t be fooled. If you have been in significant pain, get it evaluated before things get worse. – Dr. Ryan Van Moorlehem

Dr. Ryan Van Moorlehem has specialized training and experience in root canal treatment.

Dr. Ryan Van Moorlehem has specialized training and experience in root canal treatment.

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Greg Bennett

Greg Bennett is an editor and writer with Bennett Communications. His primary responsibilities are with Utah Valley Magazine and the company's custom publications division. He's the father of four children and has been married to his wife, Adria, for 19 years. Contact Greg at greg.utahvalley360@gmail.com.

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