By using a high-tech rotary instrument rather than traditional hand tools, our doctors can quickly and efficiently clean an infected root canal. Rotary hand instruments are also smooth and quiet. They don’t emit the discomforting loud, grinding sounds that hand tools often do.
This electric hand tool, combined with our gentle approach, training and experience, root canal treatment is a much more comfortable experience for our patients.
A root canal is a pulp-filled cavity – or two cavities – in the root of a tooth. Root canal treatment is performed to save a tooth when decay has destroyed, or is likely to damage the tooth root. Prompt treatment helps prevent the spread of infection to other teeth and provides relief from pain.
Our doctors will gently remove the infected pulp, clean and disinfect the root chamber, and insert a composite resin to replace the pulp. A tooth is often capped with a crown after a root canal to provide additional protection.
Saving your natural tooth is important to maintaining your ability to chew and bite normally, to keep adjacent teeth from shifting and to provide stimulation for bone growth.
Root canal therapy is required when a tooth is infected or damaged (1-2). The top of the tooth is opened up to access the canals (3), pulp and nerve tissue are removed and the canals are cleaned (4), then the canals are sealed and the tooth is filled or covered with a crown.
Our office uses the Dentsply Wave One®, a rotary tool that can decrease the amount of time required to properly clean an infected root canal by up to 40%. (In comparison to other rotary tools.)
The tip of this electric hand tool is equipped with nickel titanium, a material that is five times more flexible than the stainless steel used in manual tools. This means that we can reach deeply into the root canal to perform a very gentle and thorough cleaning without stretching or damaging the passageway. This approach makes treatment both quick and reliable.
Ensuring your comfort
If you are anxious about dental treatment, We offer several types of sedation to ensure that you are comfortable and relaxed throughout the procedure.
A root canal is needed when the pulp is infected, which usually results in pain and possibly an abscess. Other symptoms include;
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