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What is a Root Canal?

GentleWave ProcedureA 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 therapy may be needed. Performed by a dentist or endodontist, root canal therapy removes the infected tissue in an effort to prevent the infection from spreading and save the natural tooth.

What is Endodontics?

Endodontics is the area of dentistry that specializes in the treatment of the tooth’s interior, or the dental pulp—the tissue within the root canal system of a tooth.

Standard Endodontic Treatment

Standard endodontic treatment is the process of removing the infected pulp within the root canal and cleaning the cavity. During standard root canal treatment (RCT), treatment fluids and files are used 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—often during a second or third appointment.

But, as you see in the infographic below, root canal systems are complex. It can be difficult for files and treatment fluids alone 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 fluid dynamics and broad spectrum acoustic energy to clean and disinfect the root canal system.2 Since this procedure does not primarily rely on the use of files, it’s able to reach and disinfect the microscopic twists and turns of the root canal anatomy.2,3

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

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

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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