Root Canal Therapy

When is a root canal necessary?

A root canal treatment becomes necessary when the patient's tooth has had a trauma, or the decay is too close to the pulp, or it is a leason that is a combination from periodontal and endodontic side. 

The root canal therapy is in most cases the last option to save a tooth.  For the treatment the nerve of the tooth is removed and it is filled again with a root filling.  

What is involved in a root canal?

When we do the root canal treatment, we open the tooth to prepare the canals mechanically to widen it for the second stage.  This is done with a Morita root zx which also measures the canal length at the same time and offers great precision.  

Once the canals are prepared, we use two Laser systems for the cleaning and disinfection.  From research I have conducted during my Masters studiesat the University in Aachen, we found the bacteria is best removed with the combination of both wavelengths.  

How do the lasers work?

The ErCrYSGG Laser from Biolase first cleans and flushes out the very complex root system, leaving a very clean surface to work from.  At the same time, it removes bacteria from the walls and insides of the tubules.

After the tubules are open and accessible, the second laser reaches far in to the canal system to irradiate and kill the bacteria. 

After the mechanical cleaning and the Laser disinfection we fill the canal with Smart Paste Bio and biocompatible root filling material which offers a natural solution for the tooth and surrounding tissue. 

Bacteria

Studies presented at the World Laser conference in Barcelona show that 75% of all the teeth that are root canal treated still have pathological bacteria. 

Connections were made that this bacteria can cause focal infections and affect other parts of the body.   To determine whether your tooth might leak toxins we use a test from Germany/Switzerland called Orotox that helps determine if the tooth is affected by toxins.

Do I need a root canal?

It is important to understand what the options are available to you, to be able to make in informed decision.  We do our best to find the best possible treatment plan for each patient.   

What are the alternatives?

The alternatives are:

We use the metal free system from Zeramex made from Zirconium. 

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