Advances in the art and science of endodontics have facilitated better understanding of disease processes and have led to development of treatment modalities aimed at restoring health to the pulp and periradicular tissues. Technological discoveries in instruments and materials have made it possible to achieve treatment objectives that once were considered unattainable.
At Endodontic Associates of Illinois, we pride ourselves on providing endodontic care at the forefront of innovation and technology. We employ advanced technologies to enhance the quality of care for our patients. Such advances include operating microscope, digital radiography, ultrasonic instrumentation and fiber optic technologies.
Effectively cleaning the deepest, most complex portions of the root canal system requires incredible innovation—and we are proud to offer that technology with the GentleWave Procedure.
The GentleWave Procedure is a state-of-the-art alternative to standard root canal treatment. The ultracleaning technology of the GentleWave Procedure is an advanced combination of fluid dynamics and a broad range of soundwaves that work together to reach into the microscopic spaces and remove bacteria, debris and tissue. The GentleWave Procedure is so effective at cleaning and disinfecting the root canal system, there's less chance of failure over time.
The GentleWave Procedure uses a minimally invasive protocol to access the infected root canal system, which means it is preserving more of the natural tooth and, in doing so, is helping to keep the tooth’s structure strong. With the GentleWave Procedure we can also typically clean and fill the tooth in just one appointment, which may reduce the number of appointments required.
Achieving an exceptional level of clean requires advanced endodontics—and that’s something we take pride in providing. Contact us today to discover the GentleWave difference for yourself.
We utilize special operating microscopes. Magnification and fiber optic illumination are helpful in aiding the doctors at Endodontic Associates of Illinois to see the minute details inside your tooth. Also, a camera is attached to the operating microscope allowing us to record images of your tooth to further document the doctor's findings.
Digital x-rays are the newest technology used in dentistry to take and archive dental x-rays. Digital x-rays significantly reduce the amount of radiation as compared to traditional dental x-rays. This technique captures a digital picture of teeth with their supporting bone structures and stores the images on a computer in our dental office. You and your doctors will be able to instantly view your x-rays and enlarge the image to aid in the identification of dental problems and to gauge your dental health. Our doctors and staff at Endodontic Associates of Illinois will use this information to create an individualized treatment plan.
Cone Beam Computerized Tomography
At Endodontic Associates of Illinois, we are believers that we can't fix what we can't see. By implementing a 3-D Cone Beam CT (CBCT) we are able to produce the highest resolution imaging to far better diagnose and treat patients.
Cone Beam CT opens up an incredible world of sight for far better patient diagnostic capabilities and endodontic services. We witness amazing anatomical detail and viewing capabilities with powerful, focused-field, high-res, 3D images, and unprecedented x-ray views of the oral cavity.
The background pattern of overlapping roots and anatomic structures, such as the maxillary sinus and zygomatic bone, complicates the interpretation of periapical radiographs. Through CBCT we can evaluate the true extent of lesions and their spatial relationship to important anatomic landmarks.
When we perform a consultation, if indicated we will perform a CBCT scan and provide treatment, when necessary. Our referring dentists receive a before-and-after periapical radiograph and a pre-op screen shot (via Cone Beam CT) of the area of interest using 3-D imaging software.
With a CBCT scan you can:
- See lesions and situations not evident otherwise.
- View previously unseen anatomical detail to diagnose more accurately and treat with confidence.
- Locate previously unseen canals of a tooth and the source of an infection.
In our practice, instrumentation of root canal is facilitated by files made of a unique alloy of Nickel-Titanium. The extreme flexibility of the Nickel-Titanium files preserves the anatomy of the root canal by following the canal path resulting in efficiency, predictability, and improved clinical results of endodontic treatment of significantly curved canals.
Ultrasonics are among the other technological advancements that have opened up entirely new vistas for the successful treatment of both surgical and non-surgical cases. These sophisticated units are used to remove post and uncover the dystrophically calcified portions of the chamber to gain access to the canals. Ultrasonic intsruments are also used for retrocavity preparation of the root end during microsurgical intervention.
Electronic Apex Locator is among other technologies that facilitate predictable non-surgical endodontic treatment. The incorporation of electronic Apex Locator allows accurate computer measurement of root canals during endodontic treatment, thereby accelerating the procedure while reducing the need for additional radiographs.