Traditional vs. Laser vs. Sonic Root Canal Therapy

man-talking-with-dental-technician-sq-400Root canal therapy is a way to save a decayed tooth before it reaches the extraction stage. Some indications of an issue include

  • Severe tooth pain
  • Infection
  • Swelling or tenderness in the gums
  • Discoloured teeth
  • Abscesses
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold
  • And more

The procedure tends to have high success rates, even though it’s an invasive procedure. After the area has been thoroughly numbed, the traditional process involves drilling a small hole in the tooth and removing the infected/inflamed tissue, or pulp. The nerves are extracted, cleaning any evidence of infection from the canals before shaping, and placing rubbery fillers in them to prevent bacteria from re-entering the nervous system.

Following the same procedures, using lasers instead of drilling, makes a difference. The laser uses heat to boil away the damaged tissue faster and more accurately, leaving the tooth cleaner, and with less bleeding. Dentists must have special training to ensure safe use of the laser technique.

A More Complete Process

While both the traditional and laser method provide the desired results, at Randwick Dental Clinic, we believe the best method is to use ultrasonic vibrations for our patients’ therapy. Ultrasonic agitation allows the fluid to get into all the little irregularities inside the canal and clean it more completely.
Because the walls are cleaner, the sealing material adheres better to the walls, so the seal is better. The better the seal is, the less likely bacteria will cause problems like pain or inflammation. The postoperative recovery period is shorter and less painful than with other methods.

We’re Here to Help

Our dentists explain everything to our patients before they receive any care, ensuring they fully understand the procedure, and trust we have their best interests at heart.

Learn More Today

Interested in the ultrasonic technique? Give our practice a call today; we’d love to chat with you.

Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.

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