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The Difference Between Laser & Traditional Root Canal Treatment

Why High-Tech Is Better

You may have heard of laser root canals. If you've spent anytime browsing our website, you'll know that we offer them. But what you may be wondering is what advantages does a laser root canal offer over a traditional root canal procedure. And maybe you're even a bit concerned, as the treatment is very new and lasers, well, isn't that all a bit Star Wars anyway?

These questions are perfectly understandable, and if you visit us we'll be happy to explain everything at great length. But for now, here's a starter overview to help you understand laser root canals and what they can offer to a patient who needs one.

Why Would I Need a Root Canal Anyway?

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There are several reasons that your dentist might suggest a root canal. A tooth that has deep decay, has cracks or chips that have resulted in damage to the pulp of the tooth itself, or it may have suffered as a result of repeated dental procedures but is not totally beyond repair. The idea behind root canal treatment is to alleviate the pain associated with pulp damage and give the tooth a chance to heal before it is restored with a filling or a crown at a later date.

Laser vs. Traditional Root Canal

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Traditional Root Canal Treatment

A traditional root canal makes use of a drill to create a tiny opening tin the tooth to be treated. The inflamed/damaged pulp is then removed and the root within the tooth is cleansed and disinfected before the little hole is filled back up again with a rubber like solution.

Laser Root Canal Treatment

A laser root canal follows basically the same procedure, but making use of a laser, instead of a drill, really does make a difference. The laser can 'boil away' the damaged tissue with far greater accuracy and speed and the tooth is left considerably cleaner. There is also often less bleeding involved - a plus for anyone because no one really likes to see blood, especially if it's their own.  Some patients who have had a root canal in the past and then had laser treatment have reported that the pain and discomfort they experienced immediately after their dental surgery was noticeably less.

But Are Lasers Really Safe?

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Darth Vader has a lot to answer for. Some people are a little afraid that an oral surgeon could slip up and the dental laser will cut their tooth in half like it's Obi Wan Kenobi. But a dental laser is not a lightsaber, and while lasers can indeed cut, any dentist performing a laser root canal has been extensively trained in the procedure and is as skilled with their laser as they are with their drill.

Paramount Dental Sydney Says

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We use laser for our root canal procedures as the speed, accuracy and recovery are far better than traditional treatment methods using a drill. It's safe and our dentists have performed literally thousands of successful laser root canal treatments.