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ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
Root canal treatment is a procedure that should effectively clean the innermost part of a tooth’s roots. The purpose- save your tooth from extraction, prevent pain, and relieve any existing pain.
Contrary to popular belief, the purpose of root canal treatment is not to simply remove the nerve that is inside the tooth’s roots; it is to clean, disinfect, and seal the space occupied by the dental pulp. In addition, high quality root canal treatment will give your body the chance to regenerate bone and tissue that was damaged by infection.
Root canals may need to be retreated for a multitude of reasons. This can include poor root canal treatment, poor oral hygiene, failure to restore a tooth in a timely fashion, or recurrent dental decay. It’s important to see a highly experienced and patient endodontist. It will save you from pain, from losing a tooth, and from more costly tooth replacement options. A tooth that is retreated with the greatest disinfection protocol has the highest chance of being saved long term. Patients shouldn’t have their teeth extracted without first consulting an endodontist trained in surgical and non-surgical endodontic treatment. A bright light is our saving grace. Equipped with the highest illumination and magnification microscopes in our field, we can get to the root of your failing root canal problem and help you save what others might deem unsavable.
If Dr. Jakob determines that retreatment is not the optimal course of action, root canal microsurgery (Apicoectomy) may be recommended. When treatment is planned properly and performed in a microsurgical setting, root canal surgery is a predictable and safe treatment option. With minimal discomfort both during and after surgery, we have achieved exceptional treatment outcomes.
Advanced diagnostic imaging, sterile surgical techniques, microsurgical instruments, particulate bone graft materials, and the use of biocompatible materials make this procedure safe, predictable, and highly effective. It can save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted and it allows for the safe removal of soft tissue growths. Dr. Jakob has advanced training and expertise in this highly technical and specialized microsurgical procedure.
PEDIATRIC & REGENERATIVE CARE
At Midtown Root Canal, Dr. Jakob treats children with early dental decay (cavities) that results in pulpal disease, and traumatic injuries. Dr. Jakob has the didactic and clinical training necessary to manage these complex and often times difficult to manage cases. His caring and warm personality, as well as his expertise and ease as a doctor makes children feel comfortable and safe. As an endodontist, Dr Jakob enjoys the opportunity to communicate with parents and children regarding pulpal disease, first time root canal treatment, and regenerative therapies.
Regenerative endodontic therapy is an exciting area of endodontics that uses a child’s own stem cells (located in the tooth and utilized during treatment) to regenerate and return an immature and infected tooth back to proper growth and development.
ANESTHESIOLOGIST & IV SEDATION
For those of you have severe anxiety for going to the dentist, do not fear. We have an amazing anesthesiologist which we work with to help the patients who can not get dental procedures done without sedation. This helps calm our patients down and allows Dr. Jakob to do his work under serenity and calmness.
Our office is equipped with a Kodak limited field (low radiation) 3D-Scan that is specifically designed for use in endodontics. The CBCT scan produces a three-dimensional image of the tooth and surrounding bone. Fractures, missed canals, bone loss, and pre-surgical or retreatment planning, are areas that have improved significantly since the incorporation of this exciting technology to endodontics. The details and information obtained from the scan represent a marked increase in diagnostic and treatment planning accuracy.
Dr. Jakob has completed research and written on the topic and quote, "The use of 3D computed tomography in the treatment planning of failing root canals.” Use of the scan requires an understanding of what to look for and where to look for it! In the past when deciding if a tooth can be saved a patient would often have to undergo an exploratory surgery. Now all that is needed is a simple scan and accurate reading of that scan in order to produce optimal tooth saving results.