Root Canal Therapy - The New Root Canal - 07/09/2003
When I began my dental practice in 1990, I probably would not have attempted Root Canal Therapy on this tooth. It would have been one for the Endodontist (root canal specialist) in Springfield. But a lot has changed since 1990.
For one, a new local anesthetic, Septocaine has been approved for use in the United States. European dentists have been using it for years and know I can effectively numb almost any tooth even this one which has infection around the root. See the large dark area on the first x-ray.
Secondly, Nickel-titanium rotary endo files in a torque limiting handpiece used to remove the infected nerve make for a much quicker, easier appointment for myself and the patient.
So next time you hear the word "root canal" try not to panic. The "NEW" root canal isn't at all what it used to be.