Need a Root Canal or Need One Fixed? Endoscopic Microsurgery Is the Solution

The root canal gets a bad wrap. It has a reputation for being a painful procedure that requires you to go under general anesthesia for a grueling surgery. But nothing could be farther from the truth.

Our team of experts at WisNova Institute of Dental Specialists in Kenosha, Wisconsin, have a better way to do root canals that’s nonsurgical and is performed while you’re awake and comfortable. 

If you have an advanced infection or complication that requires surgery, we offer a much better way to do that, too. Endodontic microsurgery is a minor procedure that gets to the root of your problem quickly and efficiently without much pain and downtime. 

Root canals

Your teeth are susceptible to decay, as you may know if you’ve ever had a cavity. If that decay seeps deeper into the tooth, you may need more than a filling — you may need a root canal. 

But don’t panic. Although they have a scary reputation, root canals are a lot like fillings for cavities, only deeper. In both cases, we make a small opening in the crown of the tooth, clean out the decay, and fill it. No general anesthesia and no surgery.

This is a very common procedure and occurs more than 15 million times a year in the United States with great success. We perform our fair share of root canals at WisNova Institute of Dental Specialists, too, but we also see patients who have had less-than-ideal experiences elsewhere. If this happened to you, we can find and fix what went wrong and still save your tooth.

Root canal do-overs

Up to 98% of root canal procedures are successful. But that leaves a small portion of people who continue to experience symptoms or develop symptoms some time after the procedure. It could be that the endodontist missed a canal, didn’t see a fracture in the root, misplaced the crown, or failed to clean out the decayed pulp completely. Whatever the reason, you’re going to need a re-do.

Again, don’t panic. We fix failed root canals with our endodontic retreatment procedure. Here we follow the same procedure as in an original root canal, but with a greater attention to detail using a microscope and a CT scan to catch even the most hidden fractures and pockets of decay.

If you have pain, redness, swelling, or an abscess near the site of your original root canal, don’t hesitate to come see us. Saving your tooth is still the best option over extraction, as it will preserve your jawbone and your facial profile.

So a root canal never involves surgery?

Most root canals require no surgery and just a local anesthetic. But in cases where infection is deeply hidden and microscopic fractures are still causing pain and decay, we may need to perform endoscopic microsurgery.

While you’re relaxing in our zero-gravity procedure chair, we sedate you so you won’t feel a thing. Then we use the most advanced digital imaging technology and make a tiny incision near the root’s end. From this vantage point, we can see and reach any problems, seal the end of the root canal, and have you on your way. 

Any discomfort you feel is usually taken care of with over-the-counter pain medication. 

Whatever type of root canal therapy you may need, our team of specialists is here to address every aspect of your procedure. We have periodontists, oral surgeons, endodontists, and dental anesthesiologists who are all leaders in their fields and all under one roof. No need for referrals and long wait times. 

If our multidisciplinary approach and expert care sound like the professional dentistry environment you’ve been looking for, we invite you to call us at 262-207-4481 to schedule a consultation about your root canal or other dental needs.

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