If bacteria get into your teeth, an infection is soon to follow. Bacteria can enter in a variety of different ways. Cracks or chips that extend into the dentin provide easy access. Bacteria can work their way in through an untreated cavity. Gum disease can let bacteria in from below your gums. Once inside, the bacteria irritate the pulp of your teeth, causing pain as it becomes inflamed. Untreated, the bacteria can spill out into your jaw, causing an abscess. Root canals are the only way to clear out tooth infections. At National Dental Hicksville, we use rotary endodontic treatment.
What is Endodontic Treatment?
Endodontic treatment is used to remove an infection inside a tooth. Your teeth are complex structures, although they don’t appear that way from the outside. The exterior of your tooth is the hard, protective enamel layer. Below the enamel is the dentin, which contains hollow canals that lead to the root of your teeth, and the pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels. Once the bacteria get inside your tooth, they can hide out in the canals, and infect the pulp. Because of the complexity of the interior of your tooth, the only way to get rid of the infection is to remove the pulp, and shape and clean the canals inside.
Endodontic treatment, also known as a root canal, begins with a local anesthetic. A small hole is drilled into the top portion of your tooth. Using small, specialized tools, the pulp of the tooth is removed. The canals are shaped and the inside of your tooth is cleaned and disinfected. The tooth is then filled and finally capped with a crown
In the past, the canals of your teeth have been shaped with a manual stainless-steel file. At National Dental, we use electric handpieces, which allow us the ability to perform rotary endodontics. The tip used to shape and clean the inside of your teeth is made of nickel titanium, which is up to 5 times more flexible than stainless steel. With this flexibility, we are better able to access curved canals while preventing damage to your tooth, providing you with significantly better treatment.
Benefits of Rotary Endodontic Treatment
There are several benefits associated with rotary endodontic treatment:
- Reduced risk for complications. Nickel-titanium is more reliable than stainless steel.
- Nickel-titanium allows for smoother, more consistent cleaning and shaping of the canals inside your tooth.
- Treatment is faster.
- The electric handpiece that controls the nickel-titanium tip is quieter than the stainless-steel file.
Reducing Fear and Anxiety with Quieter Treatment
The stainless-steel file traditionally used for endodontic treatment creates a significant amount of noise. This noise is often associated with pain. If you have anxieties or fears about getting a root canal because of the noise, it can keep you from receiving essential treatment. Because the rotary tool is quieter, you are better able to relax and get the treatment you need, preventing serious oral, and overall, health issues from occurring.
Infections in the teeth require immediate attention. If you even suspect you have an infection, it is important to call right away. To schedule your appointment, or to learn more about rotary endo, contact National Dental Hicksville today at (516) 629-5086.