Root Canal Treatment
Who is an “endodontist”?
An endodontist is a dentist with special training in diagnosing and treating problems associated with the inside of the tooth. They do only endodontic procedures in their practices because they are specialists. To become specialists, they complete dental school and an additional two or more years of advanced training in endodontics, one of the nine specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. They perform routine as well as difficult and very complex endodontic procedures, including retreatment of previous root canals that have not healed completely. Endodontists are also experienced at finding the cause of oral and facial pain that has been difficult to diagnose.
Endodontists have advanced surgical and nonsurgical skills that make them uniquely qualified to treat routine as well as complex cases. The care that an endodontist provides is supported by intensive education on how to perform the very best endodontics. Endodontists also attend continuing education courses after they are in practice, so they are knowledgeable about state-of-the-art research, clinical procedures, and technology.
Dr. Vladimir Tismensky
Dr. Vladimir Tismensky was born in Latvia, near the Baltic Sea. He moved to the Detroit area in 1991 to pursue his graduate studies. Subsequent to graduation from the University of Detroit Mercy Dental School, Dr. Tismensky entered the Endodontics Residency Program at the I.B. Bender Division of Endodontics, Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, P.A. He was elected to Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the National Dental Honor Society, in 1999.
Dr. Tismensky has been in private practice as an Endodontist since 2001. He has taught Endodontic surgical techniques to endodontic residents as a part time faculty at Detroit Mercy Dental School until moving to Chicago in 2007. Dr. Tismensky is active in numerous dental and endodontic organizations. His special expertise includes complex non-surgical re-treatments and microscopic Endodontic surgery.
Dr. Tismensky speaks fluent English, Russian, and Latvian. In his free time he enjoys music, photography, theater, downhill skiing, tennis and weightlifting. He resides in Chicago with his wife and three children.
Dr. Donald Miller
Dr. Donald Miller has been practicing Endodontics for 24 years and recieved his DDS Degree and a MS in Oral Biology and Specialty Certificate in Endodontics, all from Loyola University School of Dentistry. He also completed a one year General Practice Residency at the Univercity of California at Los Angeles. Dr Miller is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics and Fellow of the Academy of General Denstisty.
Dr. Miller also has taught at Loyola University School of Dentistry, Northwestern University Dental School and UIC College of Dentistry, as well as, presented lectures at both the Midwinter Meeting and the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Endodontists. Dr. Miller has co-authored articles published in peer reviewed journals and is a Contributor to the textbook Contemporary Fixed Prosthodontics, published by Mosby/Elsevier and the upcoming release of its 5th Edition.
Dr. Miller is a member of the: ADA, ISDS, CDS, Odontographic Society of Chicago, American Association of Endodontists, Illinois Association of Endodontists and The Edgar D. Coolidge Endodontic Study Club. He is a past President of both The Edgar D. Coolidge Endodontic Study Club and the Illinois Association of Endodontists.
Mary Roman, DDS, MS
Dr. Mary Roman was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt. She received her Bachelor in Dental Surgery degree from the University of Alexandria in 2008. In 2013, she completed the two-year advanced standing program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. She also completed her advanced specialty training in microsurgical endodontics at UIC in 2015 where she additionally received a Master of Science in oral sciences.
During her second year as a dental student, Dr. Roman first discovered her passion for endodontics. Dr. Roman has always been intrigued by the complexity of the root canal anatomy and the individual character of each tooth.
The main allure that attracted Dr. Roman to endodontics is the opportunity to alleviate the patient’s discomfort and improve their quality of life.
During her specialty training, Dr. Roman’s area of research was tooth-related maxillary sinus manifestations. Dr. Roman diagnoses and treats endodontic disease by employing the latest evidence-based procedures and technology. She focuses on patient education so that her patients can make informed decisions regarding their treatment. She also believes in the importance of communicating with her patients, answering their questions, and establishing a comfortable treatment environment.
Dr. Roman has been in private practice and a part time clinical instructor at UIC since 2015.
Besides English, Dr. Roman is fluent in Arabic and German, and she speaks limited French. In her free time, she enjoys painting, traveling, and exploring the city.
Education & Career
- BDS, College of Dentistry, University of Alexandria, 2008
- DDS, College of Dentistry, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2013
- MS Oral Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2015
- Certificate in Endodontics, College of Dentistry, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2015