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An Alternative to Standard Root Canal Treatment

After being diagnosed with an infected root canal system, many people are surprised to learn that they are limited to two treatment options—standard root canal treatment or extraction (removing the tooth).

In addition to the limited options, patients are even more surprised when they learn that the instruments used during root canal treatment (RCT) today are very similar to those used in the 1800s!* How could an area of the body so critical to our overall health consist of such little innovation?

Fortunately, there have been new procedures introduced in the world of endodontic treatment, allowing patients to choose an alternative to standard root canal treatment.

An Alternative Approach to Root Canal Treatment  

The recently introduced GentleWave® System uses fluid dynamics and broad spectrum acoustic energy to clean the complex anatomies of the root canal system, which means fewer files are used than during standard root canal treatment.

Minimally Invasive

root canal alternative During the GentleWave Procedure, much of the instrumentation used to clean and disinfect during standard root canal treatment is replaced with procedure fluids. The decreased use of files throughout the procedure helps make the GentleWave alternative more comfortable4 than standard root canal treatment—a statement that many patients can attest to

A Higher Standard of Clean

The GentleWave System removes infected tissue and disinfects the root canal system using fluid dynamics and broad spectrum acoustic energy. This alternative method of cleaning enables cleaning in the deepest and most complex portions of the root canal system.1,2

A One-Session Procedure

The GentleWave Procedure is an alternative that often results in fewer treatment visits than standard RCT. The procedure can be completed in just one session, and because the GentleWave Procedure removes the bacteria throughout the root canal system, there is a reduced chance of experiencing root canal failure.1,2,4

Finding a GentleWave Provider

If you are seeking a minimally invasive root canal treatment option, you’re not alone.

Use our Provider Finder to find a dentist or endodontist in your area with the GentleWave System.

* Castellucci, A. A Brief History of Endodontics. Endodontics, Volume 1, Pg. 2

The GentleWave® Procedure is a medical procedure that is designed to prepare, clean and preserve the structure of teeth1,2,4 indicated for root canal therapy. Similar to other root canal treatment procedures, there is a potential risk of adverse effects. If you are considering the GentleWave Procedure, ask your clinician if you are a proper candidate. For additional information, visit

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