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Root Canals

Endodontic Treatment, a.k.a. Root Canals

A root canal treatment, also called endodontic therapy, is a procedure that removes the tissues in the hollow part of teeth, the pulp chamber and canals, thoroughly cleaning and shaping these areas to receive a sealer to keep germs, that circulate through you, from entering and setting up a base  and causing infections.  The part of the tooth visible in your mouth will need to be restored properly, to keep germs from re-entering from that end of your tooth.  This usually involves placing posts and covering it with a crown.

Why do teeth need root canal treatments?  Usually the tooth dies because of infections in the pulp from deep cavities (dental caries a.k.a. tooth decay), but periodontal disease and trauma can also be factors.  Trauma can involve very heavy grinding and clenching of your teeth, accidentally biting too hard on something, car accidents causing teeth to smash together, etc. 

The goal is to save the tooth, otherwise bridgework or implants may be necessary. Traditional root canal treatment only cleans 65% to 80% of the inside of the canal system.  This is because the root canal is not a simple conical tube.  Traditional endodontc files and reamers can never touch large parts of the root canal network of twisted and convoluted tubes, some perpendicular to the main ones.  Things are not like taught in dental school.  

What is the Latest and Best in Root Canal Therapy? Fotona's LightWalker Laser!

What is PIPS, Photon Induced Photoacoustic Streaming?

How Does PIPS Work?

PIPS successfully addresses two major disadvantages of classical chemo- mechanical treatments procedures: the inability to clean and debride anatomically complex root canal systems and the inability to deeply disinfect dentinal walls.

How the procedure is performed:

The revolutionary PIPS®* method is employed, which uses the power of the Er:YAG laser to create non-thermal photoacoustic shock waves within the cleaning and debriding solutions introduced in the canal. The canals and subcanals are left clean and the dentinal tubules are free of a smear layer.

The Er:YAG wavelength induces shock waves in the cleaning solutions, destroying pathogens and debriding and removing the damaged canal wall layers in a tidal wave. It dramatically improves the outcome of laser assisted endodontic treatments, guaranteeing maximum efficacy.




Why is the Fotona LightWalker Perfect for PIPS?

Available only with Fotona LightWalker, the super short, 50 microsecond pulse duration combined with the efficient design of the Er:YAG tip, allows the lowest possible energy per pulse and repetition rate. This minimizes thermal effects and maximizes the propagation of the photon induced photoacoustic shock waves.

The Fotona LightWalker ATS's specific Er:YAG laser wavelength and its easily controllable parameters allows Dr. Grussenmeyer to quickly and conveniently optimize your treatment.

Exclusive Advantages of PIPS for Patients

An important advantage of laser endodontic treatment is that healing is much faster. Overall treatment time is also shortened because the fluid shockwaves from the laser effectively cleans and disinfect the canals from bacteria and so fewer follow-up visits are required than with conventional treatments.

Higher Success Rates

Clinical trials and experience show that PIPS is much more effective than traditional methods. Namely, there is deeper disinfection efficacy, more effective root canal cleaning, reduction of permeability and reduction of micro-leakage.

The LightWalker laser is the perfect tool for fast, easy to perform, and extremely effective treatment of root canal infections and a patient-friendly alternative to conventional techniques.