When left untreated, root canal infections can result in other health issues. In fact, nearly 600,000* patients end up in the emergency room each year for pulp or periapical lesions.
When the signs and symptoms of a root canal infection present themselves, it’s important that patients know to contact a dentist or endodontist for care. Patients should also understand the value that should be placed on saving natural teeth versus tooth extraction and a dental implant—and that the latter option can require multiple surgeries and be time intensive and costly.†
Dispelling Myths About Root Canal Treatment
Just as technology has changed and advanced, so has root canal treatment. The GentleWave Procedure is proud to be among those changes—saving teeth through Sound Science®!
While standard root canal treatment relies on files and treatment fluids, the GentleWave Procedure uses fluid dynamics and broad spectrum acoustic energy to clean and disinfect the root canal system. Those who have had the GentleWave Procedure describe it as more comfortable than standard root canal treatment,4 and with more individuals sharing their GentleWave experience, the fear associated with root canals should lessen over time.
Advancements in Root Canal Therapy
Patients who choose a GentleWave Provider for their root canal therapy enjoy many benefits. The GentleWave System’s technology is able to reach the deepest, most complex portions of the root canal system1,2 including the microscopic spaces that standard root canal treatment cannot!3 It’s so effective at cleaning the root canal system,2 there’s less chance of failure over time.
In addition, the GentleWave Procedure can typically be completed in just one visit, while standard root canal treatment often requires two appointments.4
Be Proactive with Your Dental Health
If you’re experiencing the signs and symptoms of a root canal infection, the first step is to schedule an appointment with your dentist. After being diagnosed with an infected root canal system, research your therapy options.
To experience the benefits of the GentleWave Procedure’s fluid dynamics and broad spectrum acoustic energy, use the GentleWave Provider Locator. If you have additional questions related to root canal therapy, browse through our Resources for a variety of blog posts and videos created for patients just like you.
*Allareddy V et al. Hospital-Based Emergency Department Visits Involving Dental Conditions. JADA. 2014; 145(4): 331-337