The standard of care in Endodontics is changing dynamically in relation to the technology that is available. Whether you have a general dentist or endodontist perform your root canal, make sure they use all the technologies available to our Endodontic profession.
What happens if you have a tooth with a failing root canal? Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- Was a rubber dam used?
- Was a surgical microscope used to find any small extra roots?
- Was a 3-D image used to see detail that a traditional rental x-ray would not show?
- Was a laser used to help sterilize the inside of the tooth for a persistent infection?
Many teeth can be saved. Once a tooth is extracted, it is very expensive to replace the tooth. A simple single tooth implant typically costs $1,000- $5,000, but can be $4,000- $10,000 if additional procedures are needed, like an extraction, bone graft or sinus lift. This does not typically include the crown that goes on the implant. http://health.costhelper.com/dental-implant.html So, get that second and third opinion! Even if you are not a patient of record, send us an e-mail.
This technology is not new, but a standard. A rubber dam placed around a tooth accomplishes two (2) major things:
- It keeps saliva, which contains bacteria out of the tooth and off the dental instruments while doing root canal. We as specialists strive to make the tooth sterile inside before the root canal filling goes into the tooth. So if you have an issue with a root canal not working, was a Rubber Dam used?
- It eliminates the possibility of any small instruments being swallowed.
The apex locator has the electronic capability to tell us the length of the root and when we are at the end of the root. This is very important to make sure the entire root is filled with root canal filling. This also helps minimize any dental pain after the procedure is completed. Also, If you are pregnant, this technology helps us eliminate any additional x-rays that may be needed to complete the root canal.