There are various signs and symptoms associated with a root canal infection, including constant toothache, lingering sensitivity, discharge or drainage from the tooth, discoloration and swelling of the gums.
If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, it’s likely that you have a root canal system infection. The first step in treating the infection is to schedule an appointment with your dentist because the longer you put off seeking medical advice from a dental professional, the worse your tooth may get!
Do You Need a Root Canal?
Once diagnosed with an infected root canal system, there are essentially three treatment options that your dentist or endodontist may present you with.
Standard Root Canal Treatment
The roots of standard endodontic treatment date back to 1838.* During standard root canal treatment (RCT), files and treatment fluids are used to remove the infected tissue from the root canal system.
- Benefit: The most common form of root canal therapy and likely provided by a root canal specialist in your area.
- Concern: It can be difficult for the instruments used in standard RCT to clean and disinfect the hard-to-reach areas within the complex root canal system.
Tooth Extraction & Dental Implant
This option involves the removal of the infected tooth. A metal post is then inserted in the jaw and a porcelain crown is affixed to it.†
- Benefit: No notable difference in the success rates of standard RCT vs. dental implant.
- Concern: The tooth extraction and dental implant process can be time intensive and costly.†
The GentleWave® Procedure
The GentleWave Procedure is an alternative to standard root canal treatment. This minimally invasive1 procedure uses fluid dynamics and broad spectrum acoustic energy to clean and disinfect the root canal system,2 including the microscopic crevices that standard RCT cannot reach.3
- Benefit: The GentleWave Procedure effectively removes bacteria, debris and tissue, cleaning the deepest, most complex portions of the root canal system.1,2 It has been described as more comfortable than standard RCT!4
- Concern: Not all root canal specialists have the GentleWave System, but our Provider Locator can direct you to the closest dentist or endodontist in your area that has the GentleWave System.
Locating a Root Canal Specialist
Root canal therapy can be provided by both dentists and endodontists. In fact, your dentist may perform root canal therapy themselves, but not all dentists and endodontists offer the same options.
If you’re interested in the minimally invasive1 alternative to standard RCT, you may need to locate a provider on your own—but don’t worry, it’s easy!
The GentleWave Procedure’s Provider Locator tool can help you locate a root canal specialist near you who has the GentleWave System. Simply visit the ‘Find a Provider’ page on our website, enter your zip code and preferred radius, then submit! You will then receive a list of root canal specialists in your region who offer the GentleWave alternative.
*Castellucci, A. A Brief History of Endodontics. Endodontics, Volume 1, Pg. 2