According to the Journal of Dental Research, a new approach to finding oral bacteria during root canals may mean fewer follow up appointments and enhanced root canal outcomes.
At Lakeforest Dental Associates, we always stay up to date on the latest advances in dentistry and bring these advances directly to you.
In our Gaithersburg, MD dental office, we offer the latest in dental technology as a result.
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is an important dental procedure that helps save a tooth that has a deep cavity or cavernous infection.
Root canal therapy begins with a diagnosis following an x-ray. The next step is removing bacteria and infection from the deep cavity while saving as much of the tooth as possible. For this step, your dentist relies on dental instruments to bring the very best result. Often, the tooth is packed with an antibiotic and temporary filling
Currently, most root canals require more than one appointment. The first appointment is to prepare the tooth and remove the infection, sometimes leaving behind packed antibiotics to clear deeper infections. At the next appointment, the tooth is filled!
New Technology for a Better Root Canal
The SafeRoot device finds hidden bacteria following your root canal, which means better root canal outcomes and fewer follow up appointments.
The device relies on conventional sterile endodontic paper points, which are often used in root canal treatments. And special fluorescent dyes and fluorescence microscopy/spectroscopy detects even the smallest amount of bacteria left behind, bacteria that can grow over time.
This means fewer follow up appointments and better root canal outcomes.
Contact Your Gaithersburg Dentist
If you haven’t seen the dentist in a while or if you have a tooth that is giving you trouble, contact our Gaithersburg, MD dental office today. The Lakeforest Dental Associates team is standing by to see to all your dental needs.