It’s understandable for patients to become concerned, even afraid, when they learn that an infected or damaged tooth requires a root canal. But root canal technology has come a long way, improving the speed of the procedure and the comfort of the patient. In fact, advances in dental technology mean that a procedure that once took two or more dental visits is now a single-visit procedure treating root canal patients in Lincoln, RI.
Dental pulp is the soft tissue on the inside of the tooth. Endodontics is the dental specialty of treating the dental pulp. A root canal saves a tooth whose dental pulp has become decayed or infected. The procedure involves removing the nerve and pulp, cleaning the inside of the tooth, and then sealing the tooth with an inert material, explains WebMD. In some cases, dentists perform root canals over the course of two visits; the first to clean and shape the root canal system of the tooth and a second visit to fill and seal it. X-rays are the first step, allowing the dentist to see the shapes of the tooth’s canals.
Dr. DeMello employs computerized technology that streamlines the root canal procedure into a single visit. Computers allow him to determine the length of the canal without using X-rays. A fast and smooth rotary instrument has replaced the vibrating hand instruments that took a lot of time and were operated by hand. The final step, filling and sealing the tooth, is also more efficient. A computer helps Dr. DeMello seal the tooth using a heated filling material.
Discomfort, swelling, and pain are some signs that you may need a root canal. You will need an examination from a dental professional to know for sure. But if your tooth problem does call for a root canal, the latest in dental technology helps make the procedure as comfortable for patients as possible. Contact us to learn more about Lincoln RI Dentist, Dr. DeMello, approach to treating root canals.