The pulp-filled cavity in the root of a tooth that contains both nerves and blood vessels is called the root canal. When this portion of the tooth becomes infected, patients have traditionally had two options: standard root canal treatment or extraction (removal) of the tooth.
Signs of a Root Canal System Infection
There are various signs of an infected root canal system.
If you are experiencing any of the signs associated with an infected root canal system, the most important thing to do is to not ignore them. And if after experiencing a symptom, the pain or sensation has disappeared, it’s not a good thing! If an infected tooth goes untreated, the nerves within the root canal may die, and tooth extraction or root canal treatment may be required.*
Treating an Infected Root Canal System
In the past, patients who have been told they need a root canal have traditionally had the option of standard root canal treatment (RCT), or tooth extraction.
During standard root canal treatment, files and treatment fluids are used to remove the infected tissue and disinfect the root canal system.† But since the root canal system consists of several twists and turns, it can be difficult for a file to successfully reach all of the crevices where the infected tissue and bacteria may hide.2 Thankfully, there are now alternatives to standard RCT available, including the GentleWave® Procedure.
The GentleWave Procedure
An alternative to standard root canal treatment, the GentleWave Procedure uses fluid dynamics and broad spectrum acoustic energy to clean and disinfect the root canal system. And since the optimized GentleWave Procedure fluids are able to reach through the entire root canal system, the procedure is able to clean the deepest, most complex portions of the root canal system.1
The GentleWave Procedure has been described as more comfortable than standard root canal treatment.4 The procedure can typically be completed in just one visit4—compared to the two visits that standard RCT often requires—so many patients enjoy the convenience of this alternative.
Locating a GentleWave Provider
If you’ve been experiencing the signs of a root canal system infection and have been told that you need a root canal, choose the alternative to standard RCT. Use our Provider Locator to find a dentist or endodontist in your area with the GentleWave System.