Root Canal

Many people recoil with horror as they hear the term “root canal,” because of the ignorant pre-conceived notion that root canal causes pain. This is nothing more than an outdated dental myth that does not seem to die. The truth is root canal alleviates pain. Yes, Root canal therapy is just a common dental treatment to save an abscessed tooth. A laser assisted root canal treatment will change your tune! It is a procedure where the infected nerve tissue is cleaned out and replaced with a permanent filler to prevent further infection and deterioration of the tooth. Yes, the goal is to salvage your tooth rather than extract it, and with good reason.
The Procedure
Your dentist uses a new laser technology called Waterlase to perform root canals. Waterlase combines laser precision with a focused stream of high-pressure water system to gently and effectively irrigate, decontaminate and reduce bacteria, the major contributor to root canal abscess. The laser penetrates deep into the dentinal tubules removing bacteria, without damaging the surrounding tissues. Waterlase cleans the root thoroughly and creates a sterilizing effect thereby increasing your chances of a successful procedure.
The Symptoms
You may need a Root canal therapy if you experience
  • Mild to severe tooth pain that gets worse when you bite down on the tooth
  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot foods or fluids
  • Swelling and tenderness of gums near the problem area
The Eligibility
You are eligible for a Root canal therapy if you
  • Suffer internal resorption or chronic infection with a cyst at the root tip
  • Still have healthy teeth and the infection is not so advanced that the tooth is unable to be saved
  • Have a tooth that has been fractured or when decay has entered the nerve chamber and causes much pain
  • Have good general health and oral health, excepting the affected site
  • Suffer bacterial attack that degenerates into death of the pulp
  • Have realistic expectations about the treatment process and what it entails
The Risks Involved
Unresolved infection and risk of fracturing under pressure as the ‘root-treated’ teeth become dead and weaker than living teeth. Lasers radiate in a straight line and hence may not easily follow the tortuous curves and bends of the nerve canal. The laser probe is also too large to get into the small tubules of the root canal. Moreover, the complex anatomy of the root canal system makes it impossible to completely eliminate all the bacteria.
The Impact
After a laser root canal, your tooth will be stronger than ever to ensure adequate protection against further decay and damage. The laser kills bacteria effectively and the likelihood of needing retreatment is also much lower. Root canal saves your natural tooth and allows you to keep it functional for decades if not a lifetime. Yes, as long as the roots of a ‘treated tooth’ are properly nourished by the surrounding tissues, your tooth will remain healthy. Root canal is truly an investment in your long-term oral health.

The term ‘root canal’ may send shivers down your spine, but this misperception stems from early and long-outdated treatment techniques. With laser, root canal is simply a breeze. Don’t clench your teeth in nervousness – a root canal does not cause pain, it relieves pain! With root canal - saving your tooth goes a long way in preserving the status quo! Salvage your tooth and beautiful smile with a laser root canal procedure.