An article from April this year in Dentistry Today highlights some of the changes seen in endodontics over the past twenty years, involving technology that makes endodontic treatments safer, faster, and more reliable. Advancements in endodontics have also made the process far more comfortable for both patient and practitioner, becoming more and more necessary as patients continue to live longer lives.
New microscopes help specialists prep access cavities, finding all related canals, helping facilitate a faster, more accurate diagnosis. Digital imaging provides immediate, detailed visual representations, while ED CBCT imaging allows dentists to actually view inside the patient’s tooth. This gives endodontic specialists more consistency and more confidence.
If you go to a dentist who specializes in cosmetic procedures, they might suggest that you first visit an experienced endodontist to have a diseased or damaged tooth treated, rather than suggesting extraction followed by implant placement. Dental implants consist of a titanium post joined to the jaw bone which supports a prosthetic tooth (or crown), a dental bridge, or acts as an orthodontic anchor. If you are considering a dental implant, the only concern is permanently losing your natural tooth. Endodontics offer a conservative means to save and protect your real teeth.
Endodontics specialists are able to predictably treat and save diseased teeth through a three-step approach:
This means that your endodontist works hard to shape the tooth’s canal, clean in a three-dimensional fashion, and finally, fill in the root system with a biocompatible material that protects the tooth. An endodontic specialist’s ability to execute 3D disinfection is the cornerstone to the success of any endodontic treatment. This means removing bacteria (when present), affected pulp, and any other toxins and irritants that damage the root canal system.
Of course, it’s pretty unfair to compare endodontics and dental implants. A good dentist will always aim to save the natural tooth, and both are viable procedures that not only help give you a winning smile, but save your teeth and bone structure. While endodontics are a conservative measure, it’s still important to use the treatment as a springboard for practicing sound oral health, because the tooth can become infected again.
At New York City Endodontics, we stay involved with our patients and treat each one on a case-by-case basis. We provide concentrated care to our patients needing an experienced endodontic specialist in New York City. If you believe you will benefit from endodontics, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.