Root canal therapy or endodontic treatment can often be performed in one or two visits. At our practice, we examine and radiograph the infected tooth. A local anesthetic is administered and after the tooth is profoundly numb a protective sheet is put over the area to isolate saliva from the tooth during the procedure. An opening in the crown or top of the tooth is made in order to clean out the infection found in the pulp chamber and root canals of the lower half of the tooth. After the space is cleaned the root canals are filled with biocompatible material. A gutta percha is placed with an adhesive cement to ensure complete sealing of the root canal. In most cases, a temporary filling is placed to close the opening. The patient will eventually have a crown or other restoration placed on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function. If the tooth lacks sufficient structure a post may be put inside for restoration. Here at Glen Allen Dentistry we are proud to offer an approach to smoother, more comfortable procedures when conducting root canal therapy. We use rotary endodontic technology to assist with the treatment of a root canal. There are several advantages to using rotary endodontic treatment over traditional root canal therapy, and it all starts with the tools.

Instead of using traditional manual files and stainless-steel instruments to treat a root canal, Rotary endodontics employs electrically-powered instruments to perform treatment on root canals. The hand tool we use is equipped with a tip made of nickel titanium. This material is 5 times more flexible than stainless steel.

Due to the flexibility, the nickel-titanium instrument is able to perform unique movements that allow the tool to insert deeply into a curved root canal without damaging or stretching the passageway. This allows a more reliable procedure to be done in a quicker manner.

Advantages of Rotary Endodontics

The nickel titanium is capable of cleaning out the root canal more smoothly and consistently.
Root canal procedures have less chance of complications and are more reliable.
The tool is much smoother and quieter; this provides the convenience of having the procedure done without the loud grinding that is experienced with manual files.
The fast treatment time, coupled with instruments that are quieter, creates a more comfortable experience for our patients.
With rotary endodontics, our patients feel more comfortable during root canal procedures. To find out more information, and if rotary endodontics is right for you, contact our office today! Call (804) 261-1970