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Endodontics—microscopic root canal treatment

Modern endodontic treatment makes it possible to save a tooth in which the nerve, commonly referred to as the pulp, is diseased, e.g. by infection or inflammation due to tooth decay. By means of microscopic root canal treatment even a tooth whose nerve is irreversibly damaged can be preserved and the bone can return to normal.

Teeth may have one to three roots with up to three root canals each, which contain the pulp. Some of these canals are as thin as a hair. For root canal treatment to be successful it is important to detect and treat all root canals.

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One of the most revolutionary developments in the field of endodontics is the operating microscope, which provides extreme magnification. This makes it possible to identify and treat even minute structures and problem areas. Thus pain can be minimized and excellent long-term results achieved.

Digital radiography offers a wide range of possibilities for diagnosis and treatment planning such as careful monitoring of the treatment progress during root canal therapy. This can be achieved using very low levels of radiation.

Using three-dimensional volume tomography (DVT) we are now able to accurately visualize areas of inflammation that previously could not be identified.

Providing the best possible long-term solution for your teeth and overall health is our primary concern. To reach this goal, our team of specialists will thoroughly discuss the diagnostic findings before we decide whether your teeth can be preserved using the latest techniques of root canal treatment or should be replaced by implants.

Endodontics—microscopic root canal treatment

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Microscopic root canal treatment is performed to save a tooth in which the nerve—commonly referred to as the pulp (the reddish structure in the picture on the left)—is diseased or irreversibly damaged. For root canal treatment to be successful it is important to detect and treat all root canals. The procedure involves removing the diseased or dead pulp tissue, cleaning, disinfecting and shaping the inside of the canal areas and then filling and sealing all root canals, even those which are as thin as a hair. We at INSTITUT DR. HUEMER have experienced specialists who perform the procedure using a 25-fold magnification microscope that was especially developed for root canal treatment.

In the following radiographs the treated root canals can be seen as bright areas.

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Successful root canal treatment

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Root canal treatment of tooth 14

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Retreatment of tooth 27

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Retreatment of tooth 46 following root-end resection (apicoectomy)

Laser Use in Dentistry

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Lasers have been used in dentistry since 1994 to treat a number of dental problems. Yet, despite FDA approval, no laser system has received the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Seal of Acceptance as an alternative to more traditional treatment. That seal assures dentists that the product or device meets ADA standards of safety and efficacy, among other things. The ADA, however, states that it is cautiously optimistic about the role of laser technology in the field of dentistry. These lasers are different from the cold lasers used in phototherapy for the relief of headaches, pain, and inflammation.

Still, some dentists are using lasers to treat:

  • Tooth Lasers are used to remove decay within a tooth and prepare the surrounding enamel for receipt of the filling.
  • Gum disease.Lasers are used to reshape gums and remove bacteria during root canal procedures.
  • Biopsyor lesion removal. Lasers can be used to remove a small piece of tissue (called a biopsy) so that it can be examined for cancer. Lasers are also used to remove lesions in the mouth and relieve the pain of canker sores.
  • Teeth whitening.Lasers are used to speed up in-office teeth whitening procedures. A peroxide bleaching solution, applied to the tooth surface, is ”activated” by laser energy, which speeds up of the whitening process.

 

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