Endodontist in Pensacola | Innovative Root Canal Technology May Help Protect Patients from COVID-19

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With the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, you may worry about going into the endodontist office for a root canal procedure. Besides being nervous about having a “root canal” done, you might be concerned about leaving your home, or fear the potential for viral exposure from other patients, endodontists, or their staff.

Even prior to the pandemic, dentists had a good track record on infection control.  We have used many safeguards to protect our patients, such as rubber dams that limit aerosol emission during treatment and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

Healthcare agencies such as the American Association of Endodontists, American Dental Association and the Centers for Disease Control have called for additional measures in light of the virus, which our practice has adopted, such as extra PPE, more frequent cleaning of treatment rooms, new air filtration and social distancing. 

One of the technologies our practice has integrated is the GentleWave procedure for cleaning and disinfection of root canals, which offers several benefits during this time of COVID-19:

  • The GentleWave procedure is generally performed in our office in one visit,1 minimizing the inconvenience of a two-visit procedure, and thereby reducing a patient’s potential exposure to COVID-19.
  • The GentleWave Procedure helps preserve more of the tooth structure2,5, giving patients the opportunity to save their natural tooth3
  • There is virtually no aerosol released during the GentleWave procedure. 4According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), some endodontic instruments create a visible spray that can contain particle droplets of water, saliva, blood, microorganisms, and other debris. Because the GentleWave system is a “closed-loop” system, this means it is designed to release virtually no aerosolized material into the air.
  • Instruments used during the GentleWave procedure are pre-sterilized and used only on an individual patient, eliminating any potential for cross-contamination between patients.

“GentleWave is the latest advance in root canals. It provides efficient cleaning and disinfection of the smallest spaces in the teeth, which allows us to deliver an optimal root canal experience for a patient,” said Dr. Todd. “During this time while patients may be concerned about COVID-19, it also minimizes both their time in our office and aerosol emissions, and therefore, the potential for viral exposure.”

The minimally-invasive GentleWave procedure uses acoustic energy to activate cleaning solutions deep into the microscopic anatomy of the tooth, effectively removing tissue and debris that cause infection.2,5 Many patients – especially those who have undergone standard root canal treatments in the past – describe the GentleWave experience as comfortable and report minimal to no post procedure pain.

1Sigurdsson et al. J Endod 2018; 44(3):510-517 2Molina B et al. (2015) J Endod. 41:17013Sigurdsson et al. J Endod 2016;42:1040-1048 4Data on file at Sonendo; internal testing report# TR20-002 5Vandrangi P et al. (2015) Oral Health 72-86

Pensacola Endodontist | Effective Prevention for Healthier Smiles

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Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease for children and adolescents. About ¼ of children and more than half of teens currently have this illness. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 90% of adults over age 20 have some amount of tooth-root decay. However, tooth decay is highly preventable. By providing effective dental care during childhood, better long-term oral health may be achieved.

Here are some practices that can help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues at every age:

Hygiene

Brush teeth twice each day with a soft-bristled brush. Clean your tongue gently with your toothbrush or a tongue scraper. Use fluoride toothpaste to help strengthen enamel. Children should use only toothpastes designed for kids’ use. Replace toothbrushes every 2-3 months.

Clean between teeth daily. Use dental floss or another interdental cleaner. Talk to your hygienist for a recommendation and instructions for effective use.

Diet

Eat healthy foods and limit sugary and acidic foods. Drink plenty of water.

Sealants

A recent study on the effectiveness of sealants was published jointly by the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). They found that sealants can prevent up to 80% of tooth decay in permanent molars when used for children and teens. Adults may see similar benefits from use, as well. Additionally, no adverse effects have been reported with use of sealants on patients of any age. Talk to our dentist about whether dental sealants may help you prevent tooth decay.

Fluoride

Fluoridation of public water has been listed by the CDC as one of the great achievements in public health in the 20th century. Studies have shown tooth decay in children who have fluoridated water sources is reduced by up to 40%. If you have concerns about tooth enamel weakness or if you live in an area without fluoridated water, ask our dentist whether supplemental fluoride may be right for you.

Dental Care

Visit our Pensacola office for a professional cleaning and thorough exam at least twice each year, or as instructed. Seek treatment right away if issues are identified.

Effective preventive care saves time and money and can help ensure a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles. For more information about tooth decay prevention, contact Elite Endodontics.

Elite Endodontics
Phone: (850) 696-0820
Url: EndodontistPensacola.com
6111 N Davis Highway
Pensacola, FL 32504

Endodontist in Pensacola | What is Endodontic Retreatment?

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Endodontic, or root canal, treatment is a safe, effective solution for treating an infection in the tooth root or surrounding tissues. In most cases, this preserves the natural tooth, allowing it to remain healthy for many more years. While it is rare, there are occasions when an infection can return months or even years after treatment. When this occurs, an endodontic retreatment may be recommended.

When is endodontic retreatment recommended?

Though it is rare for retreatment to be needed, it may be recommended to preserve a previously-treated tooth in certain cases. The most common reason for needing retreatment is infection, which can be caused by:

  • New tooth decay
  • Loose, cracked, or broken crown
  • Delayed placement of the crown following initial treatment
  • Fractured tooth

How is endodontic retreatment performed?

Retreatment is completed in the same manner as the initial root canal treatment. Our Pensacola endodontist will remove the crown and filling materials, remove the infection, and clean the canals before refilling them to prevent recurrence of infection.  Once healed, a new crown will be placed.

If you are experiencing discomfort in a tooth that has previously had root canal treatment, contact Elite Endodontics for an evaluation. It could save your tooth.

Elite Endodontics
Phone: (850) 696-0820
Url: EndodontistPensacola.com
6111 N Davis Highway
Pensacola, FL 32504

Location

Endodontist in Pensacola, FL
6111 N. Davis Hwy
Pensacola, FL 32504

(850) 696-0820 |

Office Hours

Monday: 7:30am - 3:30pm
Tuesday: 7:30am - 3:30pm
Wednesday: 7:30am - 3:30pm
Thursday: 7:30am - 3:30pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

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