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What is a Root Canal?

What is a root canal?A root canal is the pulp-filled cavity in the root of a tooth, containing both nerves and blood vessels. When this area of the tooth becomes infected or inflamed, endodontic treatment is needed. Performed by an endodontist, this treatment removes the infected tissue in an effort to prevent the infection from spreading and save the natural tooth.

Standard Endodontic Treatment

Root canal treatment is the process of removing the infected pulp within the root canal and cleaning the cavity. During standard treatment, files are inserted into the canal to remove the infected tissue, and in turn, disinfect the root canals. Following this process, a temporary filling is placed in the opening of the canal, and then replaced with a permanent crown at a second appointment.

But, as you see in the infographic below, root canal systems are complex. It can be difficult for a file to successfully remove all of the infected tissue and bacteria—not to mention the fact that bacteria likes to hide within the microscopic “nooks and crannies” of the canal wall!

That’s where the GentleWave® Procedure comes in!

The GentleWave® Procedure: An Alternative to Standard Endodontic Treatment

The GentleWave Procedure is an alternative to standard endodontic treatment that uses procedure fluids instead of relying solely on the use of files. A vortex of procedure fluids and the system's broad spectrum acoustic energy are able to reach—and disinfect—the twists and turns of the root canal anatomy.1

Keep scrolling down to see just how simple it is for the GentleWave Procedure to clean and disinfect such complex anatomies!

GentleWave Procedure

Are you looking for an alternative to standard root canal treatment? Find a GentleWave provider in your area.