Rochester Endodontics is equipped to handle all of your endodontic needs. Our office is equipped with the latest technology such as digital imaging, operating microscopes and ultrasonic instrumentation. To help you understand your options, we've included descriptions of some of our services on this page.
Consultation: A clinical and digital radiographic examination is performed to help determine a course of treatment. We will also discuss treatment plans and go over payment options.
Root Canal Therapy: A local anesthetic is given and once the tooth is numb, a small protective sheet called a "dental dam" is placed over the area to isolate that tooth and keep it clean and dry throughout the procedure. A small opening is made in the crown of the tooth and very small instruments are used to clean and shape the pulp chamber and root canals. After the space is cleaned and shaped, the root canals are filled with a material called "gutta percha." A temporary filling is placed to seal the opening. You must return to your dentist between two and six weeks later to have a final restoration placed in the tooth. This final restoration will protect the tooth and restore it to full function.
Retreatment: A local anesthetic is given and once the tooth is numb, a small protective sheet called a "dental dam" is placed over the area to isolate that tooth and keep it clean and dry throughout the procedure. The tooth will be reopened to allow access to the root canal filling material. After the canal filling is removed, the canals will be cleaned and shaped. Then the canals can be sealed and a temporary filling will be placed, sealing the tooth. You must return to your dentist between two and six weeks later to have a final restoration placed in the tooth. This final restoration will protect the tooth and restore it to full function.
Apicoectomy: A local anesthetic is given and once the area is numb, a flap is made in the tissue, allowing access to the underlying bone or abscess. Inflamed or infected tissue is removed as well as the end of the root of the tooth. A small filling, called a "retrofill," may need to be placed in the end of the root canal to seal it. A few sutures are placed to help the tissue heal properly. A smooth water-proof band aid, or "perio pack," may be placed over the site for additional comfort and healing.
CBCT Scan: In addition to the periapical radiographs routinely taken and used in the endodontic office, the CBCT (Cone Beam Computer Tomography) scanner has become an invaluable asset. One CBCT Scan results in high quality multi-dimensional images that can be manipulated to view different planes and angles allowing for more precise diagnosis and treatment plannning. The CBCT Scanner is a specialized CT scanner specifically for the dental office. It has a shorter exposure time and expresses less radiation than a medical CT scanner making it a safer option for our patients.
With this machine we are able to take 3D images of all of the teeth in one scan. We are also able to take a scan of the sinus area should that be needed.