Laser Root Canal Therapy: Advanced Dental Care
By Steven Kail on February 28, 2018
A root canal infection occurs when bacteria in the mouth access the soft pulp in the center of a tooth. This can be quite painful, and if not treated soon, the infection can spread and get worse. It’s important that patients visit our Bells, TN practice for endodontic treatment, which you may know better as a root canal.
Thanks to advances in laser dentistry, dentists can now perform an advanced version of root canal therapy. Let’s consider what laser dentistry is and how it works below.
What Is Laser Dentistry?
Laser dentistry refers to the use of laser technology when performing various kinds of dental procedures. Thanks to the use of dental lasers, dentists are able to treat the hard tissues and soft tissues of the mouth without scalpels or traditional drills. The dental lasers that are used offer a high degree of accuracy and safety.
How Does Laser Root Canal Work?
Also known as a laser-assisted root canal, laser root canal uses advanced technology to help access the pulp chamber of a tooth and clean it out. In essence, it is performed like a traditional root canal but uses a safe dental laser in order to enhance the effectiveness of treatment.
The Laser Root Canal Procedure
During a laser root canal, a laser drill is used to access the pulp chamber of the tooth. This laser drill allows for a more precise removal of the damaged tooth structure and causes less friction when used.
Once the pulp chamber is accessed, the dentist removes the diseased dental pulp. A soft tissue laser can be used to help sterilize the tooth structure, from the chamber to the dentinal tubules leading into the center of the tooth. The hollow chamber is then filled with an inert material and the tooth is capped.
Good Candidates for Laser Root Canal Therapy
Good candidates for laser root canal therapy are people who suffer from root canal infections. In these cases, the tooth is still salvageable, meaning that extraction will not need to be performed. Only when a tooth is too forgone to be saved will extraction be considered. Dentists always strive to maintain as much of the patient’s natural tooth structure as possible.
During the consultation process, we can determine if a laser root canal is the ideal option for your situation.
The Benefits of Laser Root Canal Therapy
There are many significant advantages to laser root canal therapy. These include the following:
- No Whirring Noise During the Drilling Process - A traditional dental drill causes a distinct whirring and buzzing sound when used, which can be especially disconcerting for patients. A laser drill make no off-putting noise at all, which helps keep patients feeling relaxed and at ease.
- Preserves More Healthy Tooth Structure - Thanks to the design of laser drills for hard tissues, dentists are able to be more accurate in prepping a tooth. This means patients retain more healthy tooth structure in the process, which is better for dental health in the long run.
- Effective Elimination of Bacteria - When lasers are used to aid in sterilizing the pulp chamber, there’s a much lower chance of the infection coming back. That means less risk of a secondary treatment being required later on.
Contact the Team at Premier Dental Center
If you would like to learn more about laser root canal Therapy and how it can help you, be sure to contact an experienced dentist at our practice. The entire team here at Premier Dental Center looks forward to your visit and discussing these matters in greater detail.
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