Bacteria can enter your teeth in some different ways – chips, cracks, tooth decay, gum disease. No matter how it gets in, it can quickly irritate the pulp of the affected tooth, leading to an infection. Infections in your teeth can spill out of the root, causing painful abscesses. The only way to disinfect and the infected tooth is with a root canal. At National Dental Melville, our root canals are performed using rotary endodontics.
Why Do You Need a Root Canal?
While they may not look it when you look at them in a mirror, your teeth are complex structures. Underneath the hard enamel exterior lies the dentin layer, which contains hollow canals that lead to the roots of your teeth. There is also pulp inside your tooth, which contains nerves and blood vessels. If bacteria get past the enamel and into the inner layer of your teeth, they can hide out in the canals. Because of the complexity of the canals, the only way to effectively get rid of the bacteria is by shaping the canals and removing the pulp.
Endodontic treatment, or a root canal, is how infections are removed from your teeth. Treatment begins with a local anesthetic. If necessary, you may be given a sedative as well. A small hole is then drilled into the top of your tooth. Small, specialized tools are used to remove the pulp, shape the canals and clean the inside. The tooth is then filled and capped with a crown, which provides strength and protects the tooth from new infections.
Rotary endodontics utilizes electronic technology to perform your root canal. In the past, the canals were shaped and cleaned using a manual stainless-steel file. At National Dental, we use an electric handpiece equipped with a nickel-titanium tip. Nickel-titanium is up to 5 times more flexible than stainless steel. This flexibility provides us with the ability to easily access and shape curved canals with a significantly reduced risk of damaging your teeth. Rotary endodontics allows us to provide you much better care.
The Benefits of Rotary Endo
Rotary endodontics has several benefits:
- There is much less risk for complications. The nickel-titanium tip is far more reliable than stainless steel.
- The nickel-titanium tip provides a much smoother, more consistent cleaning of the canals within the affected tooth.
- Your treatment time is greatly reduced.
- The electric handpiece is quieter than the manual file.
The combination of speed and reduced noise has greatly improved the experience of root canal treatment for those with dental anxiety. The stainless-steel file makes a significant amount of noise. This sound could set many patients on edge, making it difficult for them to sit still during treatment. Avoiding necessary root canal treatment only causes the problem to become worse, and can potentially put your overall health at risk. If you have been avoiding a root canal treatment because you have felt scared or anxious, the quieter sound of the rotary tools can help you to stay relaxed in the dental chair. We can perform your treatment quicker, and your oral health will be greatly improved.
If you are experiencing tooth pain and suspect an infection, call National Dental Melville at (631) 816-2277 to schedule your consultation today.