Root canal therapy has long been a common form of treatment in dentistry, but does not always remove all of the infection. There is a fair amount of contention regarding the efficacy of root canal therapy for the treatment of deep infection. Dr. Naranjo is a member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, and understands the various reasons why dentists and many patients question the validity of this treatment. Performed in the traditional manner, there are definitely issues that can arise from the root canal procedure.
The oral structure contains more than our teeth, gums, and the roots that connect teeth to the jawbone. Spanning from the roots of teeth into the dentin are miles of dentinal tubules, tiny areas to which bacteria can travel from an infected root canal. Conventional root canal therapy focuses on the core of infection, which lies in pulp tissue. The idea behind this common procedure is that all of the infected tissue, nerve, and blood vessels are removed in the root, followed by subsequent cleansing and sealing of the canal. Properly done should fully eradicate infection and destroy any remaining bacteria, but this is simply not the case.
The problem with this ideology is that the natural shape and structure of the tooth’s core, primarily dentinal tubules, make it virtually impossible to destroy bacteria efficiently using a liquid “bleach” solution. The inefficiency of this approach to root canal cleansing leads to ongoing infection beneath the surface, persisting long after the tooth has been restored.
Dr. Naranjo’s approach to endodontics, which really applies to his overall practice ideology, is aimed at helping his patients keep their natural teeth, and their good health, for a lifetime.
Root canal therapy is performed in select cases after a thorough discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of treatment. Patients learn about viable alternatives, and are provided with details in the manner in which Dr. Naranjo performs successful root canal therapy.
What separates this office from others is the use of the Fotona Laser when doing root canal therapies. With proper technology and diagnostic imaging, a predictable and safe outcome can be achieved. Once the diagnostic imaging is completed, treatment takes place using ozonated water to irrigate the canals after the removal of infected tissue. The ozone water is then left in the canals and stimulated via the Fotona Laser. This allows the rapid formation of vapor bubbles, inducing turbulent fluid movements throughout the whole entire tooth, and increased penetration into the dentinal tubules. The entire root system is dried and then properly sealed to prevent any bacteria from re-entering. The filling materials we use are biocompatible and much safer than previous filling materials. A major advantage of root canal therapy is being able to maintain the natural ligaments around the tooth, which allow compression.
Root canal therapy is not always our preferred method of restorative care. Sometimes, the best treatment choice is removal of the tooth. During the consultation and evaluation, Dr. Naranjo collaborates with each patient to determine suitable treatment based on his or her specific needs.Receive dental care that benefits your general health. Contact Greenbelt Dental Health in Austin at (512) 472-3565 for your visit.