Answers to some frequently asked questions.
A recent study of 1.6 million subjects indicates a success rate of about 90 to 97% for root canal therapy. This success is much greater than much older and often cited studies. The increase in success rate is due to multiple improvements in root canal treatment techniques, such as better file materials for cleaning canals, more effective disinfectants, and incorporation of microscopes allowing better visualization of the root canal system.
In addition to digital radiography, we utilize special operating microscopes, when necessary. Magnification and fiber optic illumination are helpful in aiding the doctor to see minute details inside your tooth which can significantly impact the success of treatment.
Electronic Apex Locators:
These measure the change in resistance as a small file passes just out the end of your root canal, in most cases providing a more accurate measurement of the canal length than that given by radiographic imaging. Use of electronic apex locators thus minimizes the number of x-rays needed to complete root canal treatment.
Ultrasonic instruments can be valuable to remove or loosen obstructions that would otherwise prevent reliable endodontic therapy.
Oral sedation medication can be prescribed for patients with high anxiety. Please mention this at the time of your consultation. Patients taking sedatives are unable to drive safely and will require an escort: someone to bring them to the office and to pick them up afterwards. Sedation patients will also need some recovery time at home afterwards. Talk to us about it if you think oral sedation may be a good option for you.