If you’ve ever undergone a root canal to save an infected tooth, your dentist probably didn’t mention the type of tools he was using to perform the procedure. You may not think it matters as long as the treatment is effective; however, if your root canal was performed using the traditional manual method, you may have noticed that it was a bit nerve-racking. Here at Jain Dental Clinic we use rotary endodontic technology to make the experience smoother and more comfortable for our patients.
Root Canal Therapy
Teeth are made up of several parts – the outer enamel, the dentin, and the inner pulp material which consists of nerves and blood vessels. Damage to the outer areas of the tooth can often be repaired with fillings or composite restorations, but once the pulp has become infected, a root canal is the only way to save the tooth.
A root canal treatment, or endodontic therapy, involves the removal of the infected pulp from the inner root canals that contain it. Afterward, the root canals are cleaned, sealed, and protected by the placement of a dental crown. This procedure has been performed manually for many years, but recently a more advanced method was developed – rotary endodontics.
Rotary endodontics employs electrically-powered instruments to perform the root canal treatment rather than traditional stainless-steel manual files. The electric hand tool is equipped with a tip constructed out of nickel titanium – a material that is five times more flexible than stainless steel.
Due to the flexibility and unique movement of the nickel-titanium instrument, it can be inserted deeply into a curved root canal without stretching or damaging the passageway. This makes for a quick and reliable procedure.