What Will the Root Canal of the Future Look Like?
Root canal therapy has made a lot of progress over the years, and it's becoming an easier and more comfortable procedure for our patients.
A new method for detecting bacteria within your root structure might make this procedure even more reliable than ever before. Here's some information on what the future of root canals in Bradenton, FL may look like.
What Is a Root Canal?
When your tooth suffers from a fracture or decay, it allows harmful bacteria to reach the root of your tooth and cause an infection. If your root becomes infected, it's critical for your dentist to remove the damaged tissue from within your tooth in order to preserve it.
Dr. Clarke will do this through a small access hole in the top of your tooth, which he'll seal with a temporary filling afterward. When your tooth has completely healed, you'll return to our office for a permanent filling or crown to build your tooth back up.
When bacteria remain in your tooth after root canal therapy, it can cause failure of the procedure and lead to surgery or tooth loss. A team of researchers at King's College in London have created a device for detecting any excess bacteria within the canal that houses your root. The device, called SafeRoot, works quickly and effectively to identify any bacteria remaining in the canal after root canal therapy has been completed. While this technology not available for general use yet, it's exciting to consider what the future holds!
Root canals have received a bad reputation over the years because patients often associate the procedure with pain. As more and more advances are made, root canal therapy becomes even more comfortable and effective. As patient knowledge and understanding increase, this procedure may finally receive the respect it deserves for preserving and saving teeth from infection and extraction.
If you'd like to learn more about how root canal therapy can help you, contact Laser Dentistry today!