Advances in Technology
Microscopes and Imaging
Our offices are equipped with operating microscopes. Magnification and fiberoptic illumination are invaluable tools that assist us in performing the technical aspects of endodontic treatment. Our operating microscope is equipped with a high-resolution video to help document cases for enhanced communication.
X-Ray procedures are an essential part of quality endodontic therapy. Our offices utilize an advanced non-film dental imaging system known as CDR (computed dental radiography). The already low radiation required for dental radiographs is further reduced by over 80% compared to conventional film. Using this system, an electronic sensor produces computerized radiographs which appear instantly on a chairside computer screen. These images can then be optimized, printed, archived indefinitely and sent to your dentist.
Our operatories are equipped with sophisticated ultrasonic units which are used to remove posts and metal instruments, as well as aid in the search for calcified canals. These units are also used to prepare the root-end for retrograde fillings in cases when microsurgical intervention is indicated. The diamond coated microscope tips vibrate up to 25,000 cycles per second to insure accurate and speedy preparation.
The cleaning and shaping of the root canal are aided by the use of metal instruments made of a unique alloy of nickel-titanium. We use both hand and rotary instruments along with a liquid antimicrobial agent to help remove bacteria and tissue.
Mineral Trioxide Aggregate
Mineral Trioxide Aggregate (MTA) is a hydrophilic ceramic material that is a relatively new advancement in endodontic treatment. Our doctors use MTA for pulp capping, resorption repairs, perforation repairs, root end filling during surgical treatment, and apical plug during apexification. Current literature supports its use as a biocompatible material with excellent resistance to leakage.
Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is an innovative medical imaging technique that provides endodontists with three-dimensional views of the teeth and bone surrounding them. During a CBCT scan, the machine rotates around the patient, capturing images using a cone-shaped x-ray beam. The scan aids in the diagnosis of cracked teeth, fractured roots, atypical anatomy (extra roots) and other dental issues.