About 15 million teeth are saved every year with root canal treatment. A root canal is necessary when the pulp of a tooth becomes inflamed or infected. If pulp infection is left untreated, this can cause severe pain and/or lead to an abscess. While the perception that root canals are painful began decades ago, advances in dental technology have resulted in root canals that are no more uncomfortable than having a cavity filled. At Southwest Endodontics & Periodontics, Inc., we strive to change what patients think about root canal treatment by using technologies that enable a painless approach while also alleviating dental anxiety. During a root canal in our Broadview & Macedonia, OH office, our highly skilled endodontist removes the infected pulp and nerve in your tooth root, cleans and shapes the inside of the root canal, then fills and seals the space.
Infected tooth and abcess
Tooth cleaned and shaped
Root filling replaced
Permanent filling or crown placed
When pulp inside your tooth root becomes infected, the pulp and bacteria must be removed to save your tooth, oral health and overall health. During a root canal in Broadview & Macedonia, OH, our endodontists first numb the treatment site with a local anesthetic. If you suffer from dental anxiety or need additional sedation, we offer diverse sedation options. Either way, you won’t feel any pain, although you may experience slight pressure as we complete the procedure. We drill a small hole in your tooth crown to gain access to the pulp chamber and carefully clean out all the bacteria and infected pulp and tissues. Then we fill and seal the end with a rubberlike material called gutta-percha. Afterward, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling to protect it and restore normal function. We accept many insurance plans and offer third-party financing to ensure your treatment is both painless and affordable.
Advanced technology has significantly improved the accuracy, efficiency, and comfort of root canal treatment, making it a safer and more effective procedure for patients. Here are some examples of advanced technology used in root canal treatment:
Digital x-rays use electronic sensors to capture images of teeth and roots with a reduced amount of radiation exposure compared to traditional x-ray films. It provides high-quality images that allow dentists to detect small fractures or decay hidden in the root canal.
Cone beam CT scans produce three-dimensional images of teeth and jaws, providing dentists with a more detailed view of the root canal system. This technology allows for a more accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
The operating microscope greatly enhances the ability to view the tiniest details inside a patient’s tooth. The microscope helps our endodontists to identify canals that may be hidden or difficult to see with the naked eye. It also helps in locating accessory canals, which are additional canals that may be present in teeth but are not visible without magnification.By magnifying vision up to 25 times that of the naked eye, the dental microscope is useful in both diagnosis and treatment.
Dental lasers are used to disinfect and clean the root canal system more effectively than traditional methods. They can remove bacteria, tissue, and debris from the root canal without damaging surrounding tissue, resulting in a faster and more comfortable recovery for patients.