September 9, 2017

If you have an infected or inflamed root canal, you likely need treatment. The good news is that these treatments don’t necessarily have to involve tremendous amounts of pain, nor does there have to be guesswork about whether they have been effective.

GentleWave Technology

A GentleWave procedure is a new alternative to standard root canal treatment. Like with standard treatment, the dentist creates an opening in the crown of the tooth. From there, though, broad spectrum acoustic energy and fluid dynamics take over—hence the name GentleWave.  These waves are able to get through nooks and crannies in the root canal system that sometimes block traditional treatment methods, and as a result, they remove the bacteria that dwell in your root canal system.

So, GentleWave procedures are minimally invasive and highly effective. No matter how microscopic the hole where bacteria live, the waves should be able to get them.

Seek Treatment As Soon As Possible

Whether you’d like to look into GentleWave or prefer a traditional root canal approach, it is imperative to act as quickly as possible. For one thing, treatment can relieve symptoms such as gum swelling and tenderness, toothaches and sensitivity. Moreover, the infection or inflammation can worsen. In fact, it can lead to bone loss, head, neck or face swelling, or a hole in the side of the tooth.

Why Root Canal Damage Occurs

Several things can cause a root canal to become infected or inflamed. For example, you may have experienced a blow to the face or another form of facial trauma. Other causes include:

  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Tooth decay
  • Many procedures on a tooth
  • Large fillings

Regular dental checkups can catch a problem before it has a chance to turn into a root canal issue. Dr. Perna does treatments for root canals in Oak Park, IL, so if you suspect you could have a problem, contact our office today.



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