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When tooth decay reaches the living tissue inside of a tooth, known as the tooth pulp, a root canal is necessary. A root canal may also be required when a tooth is severely injured or when an infection or abscess develops at the root tip or inside a tooth. An endodontic disorder can occur without any warning signs, but the patient usually experiences some pain or discomfort that signals a problem. Patients who experience any of the following warning signs should visit us as soon as possible:
During root canal therapy the infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected. Then the hollowed inside of the tooth is filled with a rubber-like material. After this the dentist will determine the ideal way to restore the tooth: either with a filling or crown.
Traditional root canal treatments involve using a small file a clean out decayed/infected material in the insides of your tooth (the canals). Because these canals are not straight, it is almost impossible to remove all the infected material, let alone in the small pores (“dentubules”) within the canals.
At Century Crossing Dental Centre, we use a special Laser to kill and remove bacteria and infection. Called the LightWalker™ laser, it’s a hard tissue laser with the ability to cut hard tissue (enamel) and soft tissue. The laser has many uses, including removing decayed parts of a tooth. The extreme precision of the laser technology ensures that we are able to keep intact as much of the healthy tooth as possible. The LightWalker™ laser does not have the “whiney”, vibration noises associated with a drill. Instead, the LightWalker™ laser is a quiet and virtually painless procedure that keeps more of the tooth structure in place.
The LightWalker™ is the only laser available that can perform the Photon Induced Photoacoustic Streaming™ (PIPS) procedure, a revolutionary method that chemically cleans and derides the root canal system. PIPS™ uses the power of the LightWalker™ to create photo acoustic shockwaves through the root canal system. As a result, the entire canal and sub canal system of the tooth is left clean!
Root canals have a high success rate. If properly performed and restored, a root-canaled tooth can last a lifetime.
Root canals are a last effort to save a tooth that would otherwise need extraction. If a tooth is extraction is the only option, please discuss with the dentist replacement options that may be available.