You may not realize it, but inside their tough enamel exterior, your teeth have inner canals full of soft tissue called pulp. When the tissue in this canal becomes infected or inflamed, it can cause a great deal of pain. In this case, the infected tissue and bacteria in the area needs to be removed in order to prevent the infection from worsening or returning. With root canal treatment, it is very likely that the natural tooth can be saved and that you’ll soon be pain-free.
However, it is critical that all of the infected tissue and pathogenic material be properly removed during root canal treatment. If some of it is left behind, it can lead to reinfection. And it could have implications for whole-body health as well. Some people now suspect that inadequate cleaning of an infected root canal can increase inflammation in the body, potentially causing many other problems. Due to genetic variation and a range of environmental factors, some people are more susceptible to inflammation than others. Conventional root canal treatment has been linked with broader health issues, such as diabetes, heart attacks, and gut problems.
For this reason, Integrative Endodontics uses the most cutting-edge technology and science available to treat infected root canals, harnessing the power of light and sound to ensure all harmful bacteria is eradicated. With a combination of laser therapy, GentleWave® Procedure system, and the most advanced 3D scanning technology available, Integrative Endodontics is able to detect even the smallest area of inflammation, then clean and treat an infected root canal so that patients experience less pain and discomfort, spend less time in the dentist’s chair, and have the best possible outcome for their overall health.
- What is the GentleWave® Procedure treatment?
- Is GentleWave as effective as a traditional root canal?
- Does GentleWave make the root canal process faster or slower?
- How does the process of getting a root canal treatment with GentleWave work?
- What is the recovery like after a root canal using GentleWave?
- Who is a good candidate for using the GentleWave technology?
Common Questions about Laser Endodontics
What is the GentleWave® Procedure treatment?
The GentleWave® Procedure is an alternative to traditional root canal treatment. This groundbreaking procedure uses a combination of broad-spectrum acoustic energy and advanced fluid dynamics to flush away debris and infected tissue from the root canal system.
More traditional root canal treatment involves flushing the area with liquid from a syringe and suctioning it out. However, this method does not always reach the smallest parts of the canal, which can result in the tooth becoming reinfected and needing to be treated again.
Is GentleWave as effective as a traditional root canal?
Yes, in fact the GentleWave system is more effective than traditional root canal treatments. Studies have shown that the GentleWave device dissolves tissue faster than conventional techniques, and it allows dentists and endodontists to clean microscopic spaces that can’t be reached with other methods. This means procedures have a higher likelihood of success, avoiding the need for a repeat treatment.
Does GentleWave make the root canal process faster or slower?
Root canals performed with the GentleWave technology are typically faster than conventional ones. The GentleWave system adds a few minutes to the cleaning process. However, traditional root canal treatment often requires two visits, and the GentleWave system typically allows dentists and endodontists to clean and fill the root canal in just one, cutting down on overall time spent in the dentist’s chair.
How does the process of getting a root canal treatment with GentleWave work?
Typically, patients come in for a consultation, then schedule their root canal treatment, but when patients need faster treatment, we can do both on the same day. We’ll begin by taking x-rays or getting current ones from your previous dentist, gathering dental history, and assessing your pain level.
The details of the procedure will be different for each patient, depending on their individual needs. We use minimal instrumentation to complete a conservative shaping of the root canal system throughout the procedure. Most of the time, we start treatment by using local anesthetic to numb the area. We then prepare the canal for treatment. Often, laser treatment, which uses light photons to excite solutions inside the root canal, can be used to avoid the need for any drilling. Although drilling is sometimes required, we will always use whichever process is the least invasive, quickest, and most effective for your situation. Once this is complete, we’ll hook up the GentleWave system, using sound energy to flush out bacteria from the canal. We follow this up with another round of laser therapy, then fill the area with bioceramic, a mineral-based material that expands to fill all the crevices inside the tooth.
What is the recovery like after a root canal using GentleWave?
Modern root canal treatment is similar to getting a cavity filled. Typically, a root canal using GentleWave does not require a second appointment, and the recovery is quick. You may feel tenderness in the area or soreness in the jaw for a few days, but pain and swelling are minimal with this process. Patients can eat as normal after having root canal treatment, however, Integrative Endodontics does recommend that people drink lots of water, eat vegetables, and take supplements to support the healing of tissue and bone.
Who is a good candidate for using the GentleWave technology?
Most people will be great candidates if they need a root canal procedure. In some cases—for example, if there is extended resorption or a large opening into the sinus, or if the infection is associated with a large nerve complex—it might not be the best option. However, these instances are rare, and GentleWave will be a good addition to most people’s treatments.