We know how irritating a toothache can be. Whether you need a root canal or other dental surgery, at New Wave Endodontics we’re dedicated to providing you with the highest quality treatment by using state-of-the-art technology.

We use an advanced Global® microscope on every procedure to illuminate microscopic differences in tooth anatomy. In addition, our 3D-CBCT scanner produces detailed three-dimensional images of tooth structure, revealing fractures and unique tooth anatomy that conventional X-rays can miss.

GentleWave treatments use fluid dynamics and acoustic energy to clean canals and microscopic places within the tooth where bacteria can hide. This allows us to save teeth, even after previously failed root canals.

Christy Pirraglia Business Manager, Jaynee Cavanaugh Receptionist, Tami Ashmore Dental Assistant, Jessie Harness Dental Assistant, Caci Liebentritt Endodontist

Root Canal Therapy

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Reasons for Root Canal Therapy

  • Decay has reached the nerve inside the tooth
  • Infection or abscess inside the tooth or at the root tip
  • Trauma or injury to tooth, such as a crack

Root canal therapy becomes necessary when the inner nerve in the dental pulp becomes infected. Your tooth may become extremely sensitive to both pressure and temperature, and intense pain can occur. In the initial stages of decay and infection, you might not have any symptoms. However, in the advanced stages, an abscess will form.

What is Root Canal Therapy?

A root canal can save your tooth and allow you to maintain your natural smile for a lifetime. During a root canal, the infected pulp tissue is removed and the inside of your tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed. A temporary restoration is usually placed. You will need to return to your dentist to  have the tooth permanently restored with a crown or filling.

In our office, we use digital radiography to help us identify the number of canals and anatomy of the tooth. The root canal is done under microscopic examination, which allows us to view small canals and unusual anatomy or cracks that could not otherwise be seen.

GentleWave Root Canal

Gentle Wave device

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.

Endodontic Retreatment

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Reasons for Endodontic Retreatment

  • Narrow or curved canals were not treated during initial procedure
  • Complicated dental anatomy
  • Delay in placement of final restoration following endodontic treatment
  • Faulty restoration or decay has exposed the root canal filling material to bacteria
  • The tooth fractures

Sometimes a tooth that has been treated doesn’t heal properly and can cause you pain months or even years after your treatment. An endodontic retreatment is a second round of treatment designed to help your tooth continue to heal the right way.

What is Endodontic Retreatment?

Endodontic treatment is often required to help save and restore the tooth to full health and full functionality. In some cases, the treatment will fail to heal the tooth completely. In such a case, we will reopen the tooth to access the canal filling and clean the canals carefully. All of this is done under microscopic examination, which allows us to detect canals that were not treated during the initial procedure, view complicated anatomy, and identify tooth fractures.

After this treatment, you will need to return to your dentist within a few weeks to have the tooth restored.

Endodontic Surgery

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Reasons for Endodontic Surgery?

  • Infection persists after non-surgical root canal
  • Calcifications are present in the canal the make surgery the only option to access the remainder of the canal
  • To detect small fractures or hidden canals that are preventing healing

When inflammation or infection persists in the bony area around the root of your tooth after a root canal procedure, you may need endodontic surgery.

What is Endodontic Surgery?

This is a specific surgery for an area of the tooth that is not reachable by root canal or other treatments. When inflammation or infection occurs in the bony area surrounding the tip of your tooth root, a specific endodontic surgery, also called a root-end resection or apicoectomy, may be beneficial. We will open the gum tissue near the base of the tooth, remove inflamed and infected tissue and remove the tip of the root, so the bone can heal.

Cracked Teeth

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How do I know I have a cracked tooth?

  • Erratic pain when chewing
  • Pain relief when biting pressure is released
  • Pain when tooth is exposed to extreme hot or cold temperature. For instance, while eating or drinking a hot or cold food.

A cracked tooth is one of the most common dental emergencies people face every day. Depending on the severity of the crack, you may need endodontic treatment.

What is a cracked tooth?

A cracked tooth occurs when the outer layers of your tooth—the enamel and the dentin—break and expose the soft part of your inner tooth, called the dental pulp. When you crack your tooth, the pain you’re experiencing is caused by irritated nerves and blood vessels within the dental pulp. Dental radiographs do not usually show a crack in your tooth.

Traumatic Injuries

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Reasons for Emergency Treatment

  • Replanting a tooth that was knocked out (avulsed)
  • Damage or trauma that affected the nerve of the tooth
  • To prevent infection of tooth and surrounding bone and gums

Life happens. Whether you’re playing a sport or get into an accident that causes direct injury to your teeth, a traumatic tooth injury needs direct attention and treatment.

What is a traumatic tooth injury?

Dental trauma covers a wide range of emergencies, such as sports-related injuries and accidents. Dental trauma includes chipping or breaking a tooth, loss of a tooth upon impact, or damage to the surrounding bone and tissue of a tooth.

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Featured Technology: 3-D CBCT

Our 3-D CBCT scanner (shown here) produces detailed three-dimensional images of tooth structure, revealing fractures and unique tooth anatomy that conventional X-rays can miss.

CBCT, or  Cone Beam Computed Tomography,  captures a series of X-ray images in just a few seconds as the machine rotates around a person’s head. Because the process is fast and uses a focused cone of X-rays, it exposes patients to several hundred times lower doses of X-rays as ordinary medical CT-scans. And they far more detailed results than ordinary, two-dimensional X-rays, allowing endodontists to view teeth at different depths and from multiple angles while taking detailed measurements. CBCT can reveal fractures or unusual root canal structures that are hidden by other parts of a tooth on two-dimensional X-rays.

As of 2017, only 55% of endodontist offices used 3-D CBCT . Those like New Wave Endodontics who do use the technology typically find they are able to make better diagnoses, often resulting in fewer or more successful treatments.