What is endodontics?

Endodontics is a branch of dentistry recognized by the American Dental Association involving treatment of the pulp (root canal) and surrounding tissues of the tooth. When you look at your tooth in the mirror, what you see is the crown. The rest of the tooth, the portion hidden beneath the gum line, is called the root. The inside channel of the root system or “root canal” contains a pulp of soft tissue, blood vessels and nerves. Bacteria that are introduced into the pulp as a result of tooth decay, periodontal disease, tooth fracture or other problems, can severely damage the pulp. When that happens, an endodontic specialist removes the diseased pulp to save the tooth and prevent further infection and inflammation. After successful endodontic treatment, the tooth continues to perform normally.

I’m worried about x-rays. Should I be?

No. While x-rays will be necessary during your endodontics treatment, we use an advanced non-film computerized system, called digital radiography, that produces radiation levels up to 90 percent lower than those of already low dose conventional dental x-ray machinery. These digital images can be optimized, archived, printed and sent to your restorative dentist via secure e-mail.

What about infection?

Again, there’s no need for concern. We adhere to the most rigorous standards of infection control advocated by OSHA, the Centers for Disease Control ,and the American Dental Association. We utilize autoclave sterilization and barrier techniques to eliminate any risk of infection.

What happens after treatment?

When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your dentist. You should contact your referring dentist office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of completion at our office. Your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to attend to you.

What new technologies are being used?

Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT):
Vatech American Pax-i3D Imaging Unit
Conventional intra-oral radiography provides clinicians with cost-effective, high-resolution imaging that continues to be the front-line method for dental imaging. However, it is clear that there are many specific situations where the 3-D images produced by CBCT facilitates diagnosis and influences treatment. The usefulness of the CBCT cannot be disputed. It is a valuable task-specific imaging modality, producing minimal radiation exposure to the patient and providing maximal information to the clinician.

Zeiss OPMI Pico Endodontic & Surgical Operating Microscope:
The introduction of the surgical operating microscope (SOM) to endodontitcs has dramatically changed the practice of the specialty. The microscope, within the last two decades has revolutionized the way procedures are performed. Each root canal therapy and examination is performed with the Zeiss OPMI Microscope. With the Zeiss OPMI Microscope, details and fine structures are clearly visible at high magnification levels. It enables the operator to better visualize the regions of interest and consistently provide patients with high-quality examinations and treatments.

Digital Radiographs/X-Rays:
Gendex Digital Imaging (GS-700)
Utilizing the latest sensor technology, the GXS-700 system delivers real-time images of truly amazing clarity and detail — greatly supporting diagnosis and treatment. When compared to traditional film radiographs, the digital system can significantly reduce patient exposure to radiation and eliminates the need for working with film processing chemicals