I have always been one of those people who loves to get out into the world and talk with other people, but a few years ago, I realized that I had to do something about my smile. My teeth were yellow and unattractive, and it was really discouraging to see how much different my smile was. I knew that I needed to get my teeth fixed, so I started working with a professional dentist to make things right. Within a few short months, my smile was completely transformed, and I knew that I owed it all to my dental professional. Check out this blog for more information about working with a dentist.
The idea that root canals are one of the most painful common procedures one can undergo is practically a cliché these days, but it is that way for a reason. There's also a good reason why torturers often go after teeth. There are a lot of nerves up there. Fortunately, there are some new technologies that can help cut down on your pain throughout the whole lifespan of the ordeal.
Laser Root Canal Therapy
Instead of drilling into your face and filing away at you like your a stubborn nail and not a person with a head full of nerves, one new technique uses lasers as an alternative. Instead of having to literally scoop out a mass of infected tissue with a metal claw, dentists can use a laser to melt away the infected parts.
This lets dentists target the infected tissue much more accurately, which leads to less pain on your part as a dentist inevitably misses with the claw sometimes and cuts away parts of your gum tissue. This method has been shown to reduce post-operative pain too, as well as speed up healing time since there's less extra wounding.
Nickel Titanium Files
If you do get a traditional root canal with a file, it helps for the dentist to use new nickel titanium files rather than the old stainless steel files. This is because according to some studies, stainless steel files are less flexible and not as adept at clearing canals as the titanium ones.
Obviously, when a steel file breaks because it's less flexible, this is going to hurt in your mouth since it's often going to make the file go places where it shouldn't. Since dentists know this, they tend to be more conservative about how they use the steel files, which means the procedure takes longer, which means more pain for you.
The point of a root canal is to clean out the canal and then fill it right to the top of the root, also called the apex. New machines called electronic apex locators can help dentists figure out exactly where the apex is in the tooth, which will allow them to more quickly clear out all infection right up to that point.
If a dentist has trouble finding the apex, this could cause the procedure to take longer and hurt more, and it could also mean that you would need to come back for another canal at a later date if the dentist left infection behind due to not finding the apex.
These new technologies make life easier for the dentist and less painful for you as a result.