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Root Canal Alternatives

March 21, 2014

When bacteria have invaded the inside of a tooth, a root canal might be the only way to save the tooth. At Indianapolis Dentistry, Dr. Reese will, whenever possible, try to avoid doing the procedure using root canal alternatives.

Using the advanced tools and biocompatible materials of biomimetic dentistry, root canals may be avoided. Root canals are one of the most invasive dental procedures and so it's no wonder that biomimetic dentists like Dr. Reese are always on the lookout for how they can save more of the original tooth when they can.

Root Canal Alternatives: What Dr. Ted Reese Does

Being an Indianapolis holistic dentist, Dr. Reese practices integrated dentistry. This means he treats dental problems with consideration on its effect on overall health. He also believes in exploring all options to make teeth restorations as close to nature as possible, meaning, he wants to build up teeth, not grind them down.

When using biomimetic techniques, Dr. Reese basically does the procedure of a root canal therapy, but he uses a tool called Diagnodent, a laser flouresence device that can measure levels of bacteria in different areas in the tooth that allows for less drilling. Once decay has been removed, he can apply ozone gas directly to the tooth to kill any remaining bacteria.

After bacteria is removed, the tooth is restored to its proper function by using biocompatible composites and onlays. These materials seal up the tooth to prevent bacteria from re-entering the tooth and cause more problems in the future.

Whenever possible Dr. Reese will avoid capping the treated tooth with crowns. This is because crowns may crack and bacteria can re-enter and re-infect the tooth. This way repairing teeth will be easier and more economical in the long-run.

How Does This Differ From Root Canal Therapy?

Biomimetic techniques prioritize the function of the tooth rather than the strength of the restoration (crown). With traditional dentistry we had to destroy healthy tooth structure in order to retain a new restoration. In other words, we had to destroy in order to create. Now we are able to bond or glue teeth back together and even add missing parts of the tooth reliably without removing volumes of precious tooth structure. It has the added value of sealing the tooth from bacterial infection.

Root Canal Alternative: Biomimetic Dentistry

Biomimetic dentistry, a type of tooth-conserving dentistry, treats weak, fractured, and decayed teeth in a way that keeps them strong and seals them from bacterial invasion. In dental practices around the world, Biomimetic Dentistry has practically eliminated cutting teeth down for crowns and destructive root canal treatment. Patients are happier and often spend less compared to conventional treatment.

You Have an Alternative

Dr. Reese practices biomimetic dentistry techniques like air abrasion technology and using biomimetic sealants. Dr. Reese strives to conserve the tooth structure with biocompatible materials and techniques that mimic what nature intended. This could help avoid procedures like root canals and the loss of dental tissue. These are all in part of his clinic’s goal of practicing biocompatible dentistry – helping you reach your wellness goals through optimum dental health.

Indianapolis Dentistry is located just north of Greenwood, Indiana in Southport, just five minutes south of I-465 on US 31 between I-65 and Highway 37. Call 317-882-0228 for an appointment now!