Mason City, IA
At Dental Specialists and Implant Clinic of Iowa, we strive to provide the best possible care to our patients, often using advanced techniques and state-of-the-art technology. One treatment technique that has revolutionized our field is known as regenerative endodontics. If you have a severe toothache, or have recently been told you need a root canal, regenerative endodontics may be the ideal solution for you!
What Is Regenerative Endodontics?
Regenerative endodontics is a relatively recent development in dentistry thanks to new research centered around tissue regeneration. While the term regenerative endodontics refers to several procedures, the general concept for each is the same. This type of treatment involves the application of biological based materials that we apply directly to the damaged area.
Regenerative endodontics is often considered an extension of root canal therapy, sometimes performed if a previous root canal has failed. Before this type of treatment was introduced, a root canal was generally the only way to address an infection or damage with the pulp or dentin. Instead of replacing the pulp with a restorative material called gutta-percha, regenerative endodontics is designed to repair damage naturally.
It sounds like science fiction, but there are actually a few different ways to regrow damaged tissue. During a regenerative procedure, we use bioactive substances to stimulate the regrowth of new live tissues within the tooth. Some of these substances include:
Much like root canal therapy, regenerative procedures begin with local anesthetic. Next, a small hole is drilled into the top of the tooth to expose the interior infection. Our specialists will then remove all infected tooth material and clean out the canals.
The next step is where the two treatments differ. Instead of using gutta-percha, we place a bioactive substance over the damaged area, add growth factors, and then a tissue scaffold. If the procedure is a success, your tissue should regenerate in the following months.
What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) have become an important part of modern dentistry. Both substances come from a small amount of your blood, which we place into a centrifuge. The blood is then spun at high speeds until the PRP or PRF is separated from the rest of the plasma.
Both of these substances are rich in the growth factors responsible for tissue regeneration. These days, PRP and PRF are commonly used during procedures like bone grafts and soft-tissue repairs to expedite the healing process. Along with stem cells, the growth factors in both substances also make them an important part of regenerative endodontics.
Benefits of Regenerative Endodontics
It is always better to prevent dental problems before they occur, usually with routine checkups and a strong oral hygiene regimen. If a problem does arise, a dental restoration like a filling, crown, or tooth replacement used to be the best course of action. These days, regenerative endodontics may be the ideal solution thanks to its advantages over conventional treatment.
In most instances, it is better to regenerate damaged tissues than replace them with a restoration. Regenerative treatment can restore your tooth back to its original condition, leading to better long-term oral health! Restorations, on the other hand, are likely to fail over time.
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If you want to experience state-of-the-art endodontic treatment, you have come to the right place! Call 641-243-1486 to schedule your initial consultation appointment.