evolution of root canal therapy

The Evolution of Root Canal Therapy

While a root canal may have been painful in the past, that’s no longer true. With advancements in dental tools and microscopes, a root canal can be performed without any complications — and perhaps more importantly, patients will remain comfortable at all times. 

Let’s look at some impressive innovations and how they are now applied when dealing with an infected tooth.

All About the Instrumentation

Due to cutting-edge machining techniques, the instruments used in a typical root canal are much more precise than in the past. These are then combined with powerful magnification techniques to ensure that the infection is removed — and that nearby tissues are now damaged). 

Furthermore, these tools allow the process to be completed within a much quicker period of time. And a local anesthetic ensures you will feel comfortable and pain-free during the treatment. Patients will obviously be pleased with such benefits!

The Targeted Use of Anaesthesia

local anaesthesia is the main reason why root canals are no longer painful. As opposed to general sedatives — which will often result in feelings of grogginess and disorientation — local anaesthesia does not impact your entire body. 

A dentist will administer this anaesthesia before the procedure begins and once it has taken full effect, you will not feel any type of pain. While you might be slightly sore once the anaesthesia wears off, this is a small price to pay when we consider the negative consequences of leaving an infected tooth untreated. 

Crowns and Fillings Have Become Commonplace

In the past, the use of a dental crown following a root canal was not commonplace. This slightly increased the risk that a tooth could become re-infected. Crowns are now nearly always used. Also, fillings are applied in a different manner before the crown is put into place. The use of warm gutta percha increases the density of this filling, helping to strengthen the tooth itself.

We can now see that root canals have evolved in leaps and bounds over the past few decades. this is why it makes little sense to fear such a treatment if it is required. Should you suspect that a problem is present, be sure to speak with your dentist as soon as possible. You will be amazed with the solutions at your disposal!

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