Laser Treatment in Root Canal Operations

Laser Assisted Root Canal Treatment

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Laser root canal therapy uses a parallel beam of intense light to clean out root canals. Laser therapy "melts" away debris consisting of bacteria and infection, known as the "smear layer" of the root, and cleans the root more thoroughly than traditional treatments. With less time and pain than a conventional root canal, laser dentistry can remove your infection so that you can get on with your life

The laser cleans the root more thoroughly than conventional root canal techniques. Microorganisms can hide in the dentinal tubules, or tiny holes, of the dentin surrounding the root. With conventional root canals, the cleaning process doesn't always reach all of the tubules, leaving behind some of the bacteria well after the root canal is filled and sealed.

The laser penetrates deep into the porous tubules, removing bacteria without damaging the surrounding tissue. While traditional root canal instruments only clean out the tooth's root, the laser actually sterilizes it, increasing your chances of a successful procedure.

Sometimes Less Is More

Laser technology also reduces possible side effects from the root canal procedure. There's no need to worry about files breaking off or getting stuck in the canal. The laser also limits the amount of bleeding during dental treatment, and can be used with minimal or no local anesthesia.

Post-operative problems of traditional root canals are practically eliminated - the laser reduces the amount of inflammation, swelling and discomfort often felt as the anesthesia wears off. You may not even need pain medication often prescribed following dental surgery.