Root canal therapy: quick and painless. Could it be?

Root canal therapy: quick and painless. Could it be?
It is in common knowledge that the success of endodontic treatment and re-treatment is determined by the effective elimination of microorganisms from root canals; in other words, treatment of the infection.

Scientific research has revealed that the root canal system comprises not only the main canal, but also additional canals and branching.

Microorganisms colonizing these canals as well as small channels of the root walls are hard to access. In other words, a “sticky layer” composed of microorganisms, dentin flakes, and debris of infected pulp is found on the processed walls of root canals.

Role of the laser in endodontic therapy

Mechanical instrumentation, ultrasound, and rinsing with various solutions are used for the endodontic therapy.

However, these are not all of the treatment methods. The odontologist Jūratė Lybaitė, who has worked in our clinic for 18 years, uses laser treatment to achieve better results.

“Calculations show that over the many years of my practice, I have treated more than 20 000 root canals. In our clinic, we have used the laser since 2014. As a matter of fact, the differences are really significant. Benefits provided by this equipment are visible not only for me, but also the patients appreciate the benefits of such treatment. Now using a laser, I can cure the most complicated cases”, endodontic therapist J. Lybaitė says about laser therapy.

Scientific research proved that laser therapy may eradicate bacteria living deep in the root wall that could not be accessed in the course of usual treatment. This significantly increases the success of endodontic treatment and re-treatment.

“Laser treatment has several special advantages. First, laser therapy is absolutely painless for the patient. Second, it is an extremely quick procedure. The root canal is quickly treated within 30 to 60 seconds. I think that this provides an added value to the patient because nowadays patients are always in a hurry and don’t want to spend a lot of time in the odontologist’s chair”, smiles the doctor.

Due to the antibacterial properties of this technology, the patient avoids complications such as inflammation, swelling, and pain.

Symptoms indicating the necessity of endodontic treatment

When there is pain, gum swelling, long-lasting sensitivity to heat and cold, discomfort in chewing food or when tooth-color changes, the patient should immediately contact a specialist.