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Can a Laser Dentist Do a Root Canal?
Did you know that a laser dentist can provide root canal therapy? If you need a root canal, you have likely been afraid of the traditional method. It is long and often uncomfortable, and sometimes, dentists remove large amounts of healthy tissue in an effort to save the teeth. You do not have to be stressed out any longer since you can get a laser root canal.
Overview of the laser root canal procedure
When people get a root canal from a laser dentist, the procedure is much different from a traditional root canal. Patients should learn about the procedure beforehand, so they understand what to expect.
How the procedure works
Instead of using traditional instruments, the dentist uses a laser to remove diseased tissue and organic material from the tooth’s pulp. Then, the dentist shapes the walls of the canal. A proper shape is needed, so it can be filled. Dentists also use the laser to mold the filling. This allows the filling to fit into the canal tightly. The filling prevents bacteria from getting into the roots and damaging teeth.
Number of visits
Patients often need two to three visits when getting a traditional root canal. However, a dentist can typically perform a root canal procedure in a single visit when using a laser. Patients are also less likely to require additional treatments in the future.
Benefits of laser root canal procedures
Using a laser for root canal procedures provides various benefits. First, the procedure is usually faster when the dentist uses a laser. That means less time in the dental chair for patients. Lasers also allow dentists to remove the damaged tissue and clean the area better. This makes the root canal more effective. Patients also have a reduced risk of infections when lasers are used.
Lasers do not cause as much bleeding during the procedure and the recovery is usually faster with a laser root canal. Patients can still expect to experience some discomfort after the anesthesia wears off, but it is typically less than experienced with a traditional root canal procedure.
Who is a candidate for a laser root canal?
When patients need a root canal, the laser dentist starts with an examination to determine if it is a good option. The light from lasers travels in a straight line, so patients with a complex network of canals that twist and turn likely will not be good candidates for this procedure. However, most people are good candidates for this dental treatment.
See a laser dentist if you need a root canal?
If you need a root canal, it is important to get treatment quickly. If you wait too long, the tooth might not be salvageable. Begin by scheduling an appointment with a laser dentist. The dentist will examine you to see if you are a good candidate. If you are, the dentist will use a laser to remove the damaged tissue and reshape the canal. Then, your dentist will fill the canal to protect the tooth’s root.
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