The use of lasers in root canal treatment is gaining acceptance
The use of lasers in specialized dentistry is more accepted and popular than ever. According to the American Association of Endodontists, lasers are supplementing and even replacing drills and other traditional tools for some dental procedures, including root canals. There are good reasons for this: lasers have improved the process, prognosis, and outcome of some dental treatments; the endodontic specialty of root canals is no exception. Professional Endodontics has long recognized the potential value of laser technology and incorporated its capabilities into our practice.
In general terms, here is how it works: Lasers essentially emit intense focused light energy, the particular properties of which can interact with biologic tissues, to accomplish their surgical tasks. In Endodontics a laser can be used for opening the surface of the tooth to access the root canal instead of the traditional drill. Then, in conjunction with traditional root canal techniques, the endodontist can use the laser to help disinfect the canal space. A recent scientific study found that laser-activated irrigation for eradicating bacteria and preventing new bacterial growth was more effective than conventional irrigation delivered via a syringe. In addition, lasers can target bacteria and infected material with greater accuracy, at times preserving more of the healthy tooth structure lasers offer an array of benefits. They’ve made it possible to penetrate complex areas such as the lateral canal, which can difficult to clean. In some cases lasers can provide better cleaning and the removal of smear layers and debris from an infected canal
Lasers can also be used in endodontic surgery to not only take the place of the scalpel, but to aid in debridement of the infected bone. In addition, lasers can reduce the amount of bacteria and other oral pathogens in the surgical field. There are reports of less bleeding during root canal surgical procedures and reduced post-operative discomfort and infection.
The bottom line is that lasers can be an effective adjunct tool in the root canal process. Professional Endodontics was an early adopter of lasers, and we have stayed current as the technology moves forward. While we don’t use lasers for every procedure, when it is appropriate we provide it as a safe, comfortable, and highly effective root canal treatment.
About Professional Endodontics
Professional Endodontics has been exceeding the standard of care in Wayne and Macomb counties for over 50 years. The team specializes in treating issues with the inside of the tooth and goes out of its way to provide a safe easy environment for patients. Each member of the practice is dedicated to providing excellence in patient care and values high-quality relationships with referring dentists and specialists. Each endodontist at Professional Endodontics has been individually chosen as Hour Detroit Magazine’s Best Dentists. Thanks to contemporary advances in endodontics, Professional Endodontics is able to use innovative technology to treat and save teeth that have suffered damage to the soft tissue within the roots of the tooth.
Professional Endodontics offers state-of-the-art facilities in Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, and Southfield. All locations offer the latest in advanced dental delivery systems, microscopy, and digital radiography.
29201 Telegraph Road
Southfield, MI 48034
Henry Ford Hospital Medical Pavilion
16151 19 Mile Rd, Suite 101
Clinton Township, MI 48038
St. Clair Shores
St. Clair Professional Plaza
23829 Little Mack, Suite 300
St. Clair Shores, MI 48080