Root canal therapy has an undeserved reputation for being particularly painful. If anything, your endodontist in Tacoma is particularly focused on making sure you’re as comfortable as possible during your treatment. They also are greatly concerned with preserving the natural structure of your teeth so as to prevent unnecessary damage – and possible extractions – in the future. For these reasons, many endodontists have adopted minimally invasive techniques for performing root canals; read on to learn more about this approach and what the benefits are.
What is Minimally Invasive Endodontics?
When it comes to endodontics, minimally invasive techniques are usually geared towards the irrigation of the actual root canals. Once the pulp has been removed, the inside of the tooth needs to be cleaned as thoroughly as possible in order to ensure that no bacteria or infectious materials remain. With traditional techniques, this was done by removing parts of the tooth in order to enlarge the canals; this was done to create a funnel that would encourage the movement of the fluid chemicals used to flush out bacteria. Nowadays, though, modern endodontists prefer systems such as Gentlewave for a less invasive cleaning.
With Gentlewave, the irrigants used to remove bacteria are activated by sound. This helps the fluids reach the small canal spaces in the tooth without the need to make any changes to the tooth itself. In other words, your endodontist is able to make the fluid go where they want it to without having to alter the shape of the actual canals.
What are the Benefits of Minimally Invasive Endodontics?
Root canal therapy is meant to prevent tooth extractions by removing the source of a severe infection. However, while traditional techniques might keep the tooth safe in the immediate future, the loss of tooth enamel could have unintended consequences later on. The weakening of the overall structure increases the risk of the roots fracturing, and if that happens there won’t be any choice but to extract the tooth. But with minimally invasive techniques such as Gentlewave, this is no longer an issue. The roots are left intact so that the tooth isn’t significantly weakened at all by the time it is filled and sealed again. Furthermore, the less invasive approach is generally more comfortable for the patient. Your mouth will be numbed during the procedure, but even then, many prefer the sensation of Gentlewave over the pressures normally felt during traditional root canal therapy.
When your smile is in need of saving, it’s important to look for treatment that will both relieve your current oral health issues without leading to an increased risk for new ones. Call your endodontist in Tacoma today to make sure they’re taking advantage of the latest minimally invasive procedures.
About the Author
Dr. Tina Olsson practiced general dentistry for many years before deciding to specialize in Endodontics. She received her certificate in Endodontics from the University of Washington. Her practice, South Sound Endodontics, has gone to every effort to stay up to date with the latest in root canal technology, including Gentlewave. To schedule an appointment or ask about minimally invasive endodontic techniques, visit Dr. Olsson’s website or call (253) 752-5511.