At our office, we prioritize providing effective and long-lasting root canal treatments. That’s why we offer GentleWave—an exciting advancement in dental technology that makes root canals even more efficient!
Traditional Root Canals
In a traditional root canal treatment, your endodontist cleans the inner chambers of the roots of a tooth (the root canal). The method uses long tools called files to remove infected materials. This procedure has a fairly high rate of success and has been used for many years.
However, each root canal is unique. Minuscule crevices and curving tunnels can conceal infections. Traditional dental tools are not always able to reach into spaces that are microscopic. And if a root canal treatment fails, a patient must be retreated—sometimes years later.
The GentleWave Advantage
In contrast, the GentleWave Procedure is a state-of-the-art alternative to standard root canal treatment. The ultracleaning technology of the GentleWave Procedure is an advanced combination of fluid dynamics and a broad range of sound waves that work together to reach into microscopic spaces1, 2 and remove bacteria, debris, and tissue2.
The GentleWave Procedure is so effective at cleaning and disinfecting the root canal system, there’s less chance of failure over time3. It also helps a tooth heal more quickly after the treatment, compared to the traditional method.
The GentleWave Procedure uses a minimally invasive1 protocol to access the infected root canal system. This means it is preserving more of the natural tooth and, in doing so, is helping to keep the tooth’s structure strong.
Long-Term Tooth Security and Protection
After we complete your root canal disinfection, we replace the organic tissues with a safe, naturally-derived material. This helps to guard the root canal from further infection.
We may also cover the rest of the tooth with a customized dental crown. This can improve both the chewing surface of the tooth and the appearance of the tooth.
During a traditional root canal procedure using files, the tools may damage the walls of the tooth and/or leave behind traces of infection. These problems threaten the long-term structure of a tooth. The GentleWave treatment, in contrast, offers an improved long-term prognosis, because it is more likely to remove all bacteria and prevent later infection.
Shorter Treatment Time
Some traditional root canal treatments take two or more sessions of about 90 minutes. This is significantly improved with the GentleWave Procedure.
With the GentleWave Procedure we can also typically clean and fill the tooth in just one appointment3, which may reduce the number of appointments required.
Does a GentleWave Treatment Hurt?
Modern root canal treatments in general are as pain-free as endodontists can make them. We use a local anesthetic to numb the area. This is designed to prevent any pain during the procedure.
Plus, the GentleWave Procedure is an improvement over the traditional method. It is finished more quickly, alters the tooth less, and causes less pressure and movement in the tooth and surrounding tissues. These factors greatly reduce the long-term discomfort after the treatment. Some patients immediately go back to work and other activities after an appointment.
Remember, the real pain is caused by infection. Bacteria in the root canal chambers cause inflammation of tissues which can register as a disruptive toothache. The GentleWave Procedure relieves pain and helps prevent later infection.
Visit Surf City Endodontics for GentleWave Root Canals
Achieving an exceptional level of clean requires advanced endodontics—and that’s something we take pride in providing. Contact us today to discover the GentleWave difference for yourself.
- Molina B. et al. (2015) J Endod. 41:1701–5
- Vandrangi P. et al. (2015) Oral Health 72–86
- Sigurdsson A. et al. (2016) J Endod. 42:1040–48
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