Endodontic Therapy provides a predictable method to retain most teeth. The evolution of treatment has been greatly influenced by new technologies. With that being said, we have available to us many new devices and methods to make your care comfortable and successful. However, it is very important to remember that choosing the appropriate instruments and techniques for your treatment is why our years of clinical experience are so important.
STA™ Single Tooth Anesthesia System
The STA™ System technology utilizes computer controlled local anesthesia delivery to enhance the injection process for both the dentist and the patient. Audio and visual confirmations make injections like the PDL more accurate and less stressful. STA increases confidence administering the Block – proper technique prevents needle deflection – improving the ability to inject into the Block the first time. Single tooth anesthesia means patients return to their routine without collateral numbing.
This technology utilizes sensors that instantly transmit the radiographic image of your tooth directly onto an operatory computer monitor. This system lowers the already low dosage radiation needed to take a conventional film by over 90%. Because these images are digital, they can be enlarged and enhanced to help in the diagnosis and treatment of your tooth. These images are archived in your dental record, and can also be e-mailed to your referring doctor.
In addition to digital radiography, we utilize special operating microscopes. Magnification and fiber optic illumination are helpful in aiding the doctor to see tiny details inside your tooth.
These are instruments that can electronically help determine where the end, or terminus, of the root is located. This is most critical in successful endodontic therapy.
These devices help in locating canals, removing obstructions from canals and in cleaning canals.
These instruments have helped to revolutionize endodontics. They have greater flexibility than the standard stainless instruments, allowing more efficient cleaning and shaping of the canals. These instruments are able to follow the different curves and bends that are encountered. This will allow for more complete removal of bacteria and any debris that accumulates in canals.
Electric motors and handpieces
These instruments are used along with the nickel-titanium files. Being electric, the motor’s speed and torque can be easily managed, resulting in more control in cleaning root canals.
Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) is one of the most significant advances in endodontics in the last decade. Radiographic examination is essential in the diagnosis and management of endodontic problems and is performed with a periapical radiograph. However, a single periapical image has limited diagnostic ability due to anatomical noise from superimposed structures within the head and neck region.
A CBCT scan, when used appropriately, can greatly enhance the diagnosis and treatment planning of a variety of endodontic cases. The scan, which is taken extra orally gathers data that can be reconstructed with the computer to produce three-dimensional images that can be viewed in multiple planes, thereby giving a more complete representation of the unique morphology of a specific tooth and the surrounding dentoalveolar anatomy.