Advances In Technology
Microscopes & Imaging
Our office is equipped with operating microscopes. Magnification and fiberoptic illumination are invaluable tools that assist us in performing the technical aspects of endodontic treatment. Digital radiography provides an immediate image of the tooth during treatment while reducing the amount of patient exposure to radiation. The digital radiograph will allow us to store the image and/or send it electronically to your dentist or your insurance company.
Our operatories are equipped with sophisticated ultrasonic units which are used to remove posts and metal instruments, as well as aid in the search for calcified canals. These units are also used to prepare the root-end for a retrograde filling in cases when microsurgical intervention is indicated. The diamond coated microscopic tips vibrate up to 25,000 cycles per second to insure accurate and speedy preparation.
The cleaning and shaping of the root canal is aided by the use of metal instruments made of a unique alloy of nickel-titanium. We use both hand and rotary instruments along with a liquid antimicrobial agent to help remove bacteria and tissue.
Mineral Trioxide Aggregate
A hydrophilic ceramic material that is a relatively new advancement in endodontic treatment. Our doctor uses MTA for pulp capping, resorption repairs, perforation repairs, root end filling during surgical treatment, and apical plug during apexification. Current literature supports its use as a biocompatible material with excellent resistance to leakage.
- root-end filling material
- apical plug during apexification
- perforation repairs
- pulp caping
- resorption repairs
- sets in presence of moisture
- allows normal clinical response
- manageable in a wet field
- excellent resistance to marginal leakage
The current studies in Dentistry indicate that a dose of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication prior to dental treatment can significantly reduce post-operative discomfort. As a benefit to our patients, an analgesic medication is given prior to most treatment procedures.
Cone Beam CT Scanner
Our practice utilizes state-of-the-art, small volume cone-beam CT (computed tomography) technology that provides highly accurate, 3-D radiographic images for the diagnosis, planning and treatment of endodontic disease. This allows three-dimensional visualization of teeth, bone, sinuses and surrounding structures with minimal radiation to the patient, enabling a level of anatomical accuracy and patient care not possible with 2-D technologies (regular dental x-rays).