Restorative Dentistry in Rapid City SD

New Treatment Therapy

The GentleWave« System for Root Canal Therapy is the very latest and most innovative technology in the field of Denistry. It presents a major advancement that helps us achieve our goal to clean out the very complex root canal system within the tooth. The root canal system in multi-rooted teeth, especially molars, consists of intricate channels for the nerves and blood vessels. While our traditional methods of cleaning out the root canal system do a very good job with the main canals, we are always evaluating technological advancements and incorporating them into our practice when we believe that doing so will help us provide a higher level of care than previously possible and help us save more teeth for more of our patients.

The GentleWave System delivers a broad range of sound waves within the complex anatomy found with the tooth in concert with continuous irrigation. And, in a matter of minutes, results in complete cleaning and disinfecting of the entire network of canals. The incredible effectiveness of this system also allows us to conserve more tooth structure than ever before.

We are very proud to be able to offer this level of care to our patients. Dr. Samuelson and Dr. Scranton are both fully certified in the use of the GentleWave System and will gladly answer any questions you may have about this exciting new technology.

Root Canals - Restorative Dentistry in Rapid City SD

One of the most common approaches to saving teeth is called Root Canal Therapy or in dental terminology, Endodontic Treatment. Years ago, diseased or damaged teeth were removed. Today, modern dental techniques are able to save your teeth.

Root canal therapy is generally necessary when the pulp, which contains the nerves and blood supply of the tooth, is diseased or damaged. The disease or damage may be caused by a number of situations.

What is involved in root canal therapy?

The first step taken will be to remove the pulp tissue and carefully clean the pulp chamber and root canals. This is done through a small opening in the crown of the tooth. Once the tooth has been cleaned, medicine is then placed in the tooth and it is temporarily sealed. However, if severe infection is present, the tooth may be left open for a few days to promote drainage.

When the tooth is free of infection, the inside of the tooth and canals will be filled with gutta-percha, a rubber-like material, to prevent bacteria from entering the tooth. Once this is completed, the tooth should be restored and strengthened with a crown.

Will the treatment be painful?

Many of the treatments can even be done without local anesthesia. However, if we anticipate any discomfort, a local anesthetic will be given. Sometimes there may be temporary irritation of the tissues surrounding the tooth following treatment. You will be advised of medication to control this. Should any severe swelling or increasing pain develop, you should contact your doctor.

Root Canal Procedure in Rapid City SD

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In 2008, on a routine visit to see Dr. Samuelson, he discovered a spot on my lip. He discovered this during his routine oral cancer screening exam. On further examination the spot was determined to be malignant. I had the spot removed by my Dermatologist. The Dermatologist stated, if not detected, this would have entered my lymph system. Need I say more?

Sincerely, Donald Farnsworth
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