Keeping up with the latest tools and methods for canal preparation and obturation is essential for providing proper endodontic care.
According to the newsletter Colleagues for Excellence, published by the American Association of Endodontics (AAE), canal preparation and obturation are the “two pillars of nonsurgical endodontics.” In short, canal preparation involves providing adequate access to the root canal for disinfecting solutions without error, while obturation is the process of properly filling and sealing the canal after treatment.
Being that root canal treatment is the most common reason to visit an endodontist, canal preparation and obturation are absolutely vital to the trade. Our staff at Professional Endodontics have access to the latest tools and methods regarding these essential processes. By collaborating with Professional Endodontics, you gain an active participant in the AAE, who stands at the forefront of developing knowledge in this ever-changing and ever-progressing industry.
Developments in Canal Preparation
To prepare a canal for endodontic treatment, the canal space must be opened and shaped to match the patient’s proper canal structure. To do this, endodontists use microscopic instruments. Nearly two decades ago, the introduction of nickel-titanium (NiTi) instruments dramatically improved the success of canal preparation. This highly elastic, fracture- and corrosion- resistant material creates less force between the canal wall and the abrading instrument during preparation, minimizing the risk of error.
Recent advances in manufacturing has allowed for the production of NiTi instruments that are even more flexible than previous files. This helps specialists to carve the canal path doing minimal damage to the surrounding tissue. Specialists are even able to change canal paths to avoid the furcation in the coronal and middle thirds of the root canal.
Developments in Obturation
Though advancements in obturation have greatly improved results, there are still no established techniques for root canal filling that provide a permanent, definitive coronal, lateral, and apical seal. However, clinicians do agree that preparation and disinfection of the root canal is the most important part of treatment.
Developments in obturation have mostly been manifested through the materials used for filling and sealing the canal. For instance, new Bio-ceramic root canal cement options like BC Sealer from Brasseler have been well-tolerated in cell culture experiments, in addition to showing adequate radiopacity and flow.
Partner with Professional Endodontics
By partnering with Professional Endodontics, you can feel assured that your practice has access to the latest tools and methods for endodontic treatment. Our staff is dedicated to continuous education and participating in our industry’s community to share knowledge and experience. Partnering with Professional Endodontics provides your patients with an added level of confidence that will build their trust in your practice.
About Professional Endodontics
Professional Endodontics has been exceeding the standard of care in Wayne and Macomb counties for over 50 years. The team specializes with treating issues with the inside of the tooth and goes out of its way to provide a safe easy environment for patients. Each member of the practice is dedicated to providing excellence in patient care and values high-quality relationships with referring dentists and specialists. Each endodontist at Professional Endodontics has been individually chosen as Best Dentists. Thanks to contemporary advances in endodontics, Professional Endodontics is able to use innovative technology to treat and save teeth that have suffered damage to the soft tissue within the roots of the tooth.
Professional Endodontics now offers three state-of-the art facilities in Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, and a fully renovated Southfield location in the Comerica Tower. All locations offer the latest in advanced dental deliver systems, microscopy, and digital radiography.
29201 Telegraph Road
Southfield, MI 48034