"I would rather have a root canal than..." We have all heard or used this expression before. There is some good news! This bad reputation is a thing of the past; modern technology, materials and techniques for endodontics have revolutionized the patient experience.
A tooth requires endodontics when the vital part of the tooth, the pulp, is dying or has died. This can be caused by trauma to the tooth or advanced decay that has reached the pulp. In order to preserve the tooth's integrity and avoid infection and discomfort, the pulp is removed from inside the tooth. The canal is then enlarged and shaped to ensure that all debris has been removed. The final step involves filling the canals and sealing the tooth with a sealing cement and a rubber-like material known as gutta percha.
Dr. Scot Ioset has had excellent endodontic training in the military during his Comprehensive Dentistry residency, mentored by Dr. Michael Hoen, presently chair of the graduate endodontic program, University of Detroit at Mercy Hospital. Dr. Ioset does many of his endodonic cases himself but occasionally refers individuals with complex cases to endodontic specialists. Only the finest endodontic materials and technology are used in our procedures.
Root canals aren't what they used to be...
"Endodontics saved my teeth. I had an accident which killed the nerves and pulp of a couple of my teeth. I thought I might loose them and never have the same smile again. The root canals that I had were not painful, and they restored my teeth. A lot of people seem to fear root canals for no reason. Coming from someone who has had three root canals at once, there is no reason for anxiety. Endodontics will more likely relieve you of pain than cause you any!"
- Patient of Hamilton Dental