5 Benefits of Lasers for Better Root Canals

When you need to have a root canal done, you might be nervous. This is an invasive procedure that involves having the inside part of your tooth treated. You might worry that it will be painful. Or you might worry about complications.

But advancements in endodontics technology can help ease your mind. Biolase offers a way for our endodontist to perform root canals that are safer and more comfortable. Find out how the use of laser technology helps improve this procedure.


What Is Biolase?

This is an FDA-approved dental laser that’s used to treat infections inside teeth. It uses laser energy or concentrated light, along with water and air, to clean and disinfect your tooth’s root canal. This provides a minimally invasive approach for eliminating bacteria.

How does this work? When used for root canals, Biolase does the following:

  • Fills the canal with water
  • Laser energy causes tiny bubbles and pressure waves to form
  • Bubbles and pressure waves remove bacteria from surfaces

The combination of laser or light energy, water, and air helps clear up infections and ensure that the canal is thoroughly disinfected.


Benefits of Biolase

What makes this a good choice for root canals? This endodontic laser technology offers several advantages compared to traditional methods. These benefits include all of the following.


Greater Comfort

Are you afraid that a root canal will hurt? This tends to be a common concern for those who need this kind of procedure. Biolase doesn’t produce heat or require the use of manual instruments that scrape against the inner surfaces of your tooth. That makes this approach much more comfortable.

Keep in mind that the amount of force used can be adjusted during treatment as needed. With Biolase, you’ll only have air and water moving around in your tooth, rather than instruments. This approach doesn’t cause unpleasant vibrations or noise, as traditional methods do.

With a traditional root canal, you’re likely to feel some soreness after the anesthetic wears off. When laser technology is used, discomfort afterward is minimal. That’s mainly due to the use of lasers, water, and air, rather than manual instruments.


Lower Risk of Future Infections

Your tooth’s root canal needs to be cleaned as much as possible. This gets rid of bacteria that could lead to another tooth infection. Traditional methods may not be thorough enough to accomplish this, putting you at risk of needing another root canal or retreatment.

Biolase results in a cleaner canal. This helps lower your chance of having future infections. The inside of your tooth is filled with small tubules and other areas that can be hard to reach. Laser energy is able to cover a wider area to produce pressure waves and microbubbles that move through the canal. These are able to get inside tubules and access other surfaces for a much more thorough cleaning.


Improved Safety

Non-laser root canals come with a risk of affecting the tooth structure. These procedures involve making the canal wide in order to remove infected tissue with manual instruments. When this happens, there’s a chance of having the tooth crack.

What happens with laser root canals? Biolase is a more conservative treatment. The laser is able to reach inside the canal without the need to make this part of the tooth wider. This results in a safer procedure with a lower risk of tooth damage.


Less Instrumentation

Using traditional instruments requires extreme care. They need to reach deep inside the canal to eliminate bacteria. These instruments can break inside the canal, which can lead to complications.

Biolase doesn’t require as much instrumentation. The laser only needs a small opening to deliver energy that creates small bubbles and pressure waves. Using fewer instruments reduces the risk of any breakage in the canal.


Versatile Use

Root canals aren’t all the same. Some cases may be more complex than others, depending on where the tooth is located and other factors. Biolase has the versatility needed to handle nearly every type of root canal case.


What to Expect with Biolase

This technology is considered safe for performing debridement and disinfecting to treat bacterial infections in teeth. As a precaution, we give you protective eyewear to put on during your procedure. Remember that you won’t be dealing with any noise or a lot of discomfort. Biolase replaces the need for using a drill and other manual instruments for root canals.

Do you need root canal treatment for a tooth infection? Contact Largo Endodontics for an appointment with Dr. Ernest Rillman, our endodontist. We can provide you with additional information on Biolase.