If you have an infected root canal system, the health of your tooth has been compromised. Traditionally, patients with root canal system infections have had two choices—standard root canal treatment or tooth extraction followed by a dental implant.
Standard Root Canal Treatment vs. Dental Implant
Standard root canal treatment (RCT), or endodontic treatment, has largely remained the same over time. During standard RCT, the infected pulp tissue is removed and the interior of the tooth is cleaned, filled and sealed.*
A dental implant includes extracting the infected tooth, inserting a metal post in the jaw and affixing a porcelain crown to the post—a process that requires multiple surgeries. The process can also be time intensive and costly, which is another factor to consider when assessing your options in treating your infected root canal system.*
When it comes to the results of standard root canal treatment versus a dental implant, a study published by The International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants explained that there is no notable difference in the success rates.* Rather, the decision to pursue root canal treatment or a dental implant should be based on the complexity of the patient’s specific case and their individual health and preferences.
Clinical research has shown that most patients prefer to save their natural tooth, which places a precedence on root canal therapy over tooth extraction and dental implant.†
Saving Your Natural Tooth with the GentleWave® Procedure
If a patient wishes to save their natural tooth, a dental implant would not be their preferred option. And until recently, the only other option was standard root canal treatment—but that’s no longer the case.
The GentleWave Procedure is an alternative to standard root canal treatment that uses fluid dynamics and broad spectrum acoustic energy to clean and disinfect the root canal system, rather than relying on the use of files. The GentleWave procedure fluids reach throughout the entire root canal system—even the microscopic crevices of the narrow canal walls that standard root canal treatments cannot reach.3 This minimally invasive1 alternative to standard root canal treatment is so effective at cleaning and disinfecting the root canal system, there’s less chance of failure over time.4
The GentleWave alternative can usually be completed in just one session and has been described as more comfortable than standard root canal treatment.4
Finding a GentleWave Provider
If you have an infected root canal system and wish to save your natural tooth, choose the GentleWave alternative. To find a dentist or endodontist in your area with the GentleWave System, use our Provider Locator.
†Azarpazhooh A et al. (2016) J Endod. 42:365-70