Non Surgical Root Canal
Root canals do not have to be scary or traumatic. A root canal might allow you to keep an adult tooth. Dr. Grimes, Dr. Mathur and Dr. Mattlage have received advanced training in root canal therapy. Dr. Grimes has performed several thousand root canal procedures over the past 30+ years, and Grimes Dentistry is one of the only South Plains practices performing Laser Assisted Root Canals with the Erbium:YAG Laser, which makes root canals cleaner and more precise.
A root canal closely resembles a filling, but rather than fill the enamel (the outside layer of your tooth), a root canal procedure fills the tooth root. In fact, a root canal is often referred to as a “root filling.” Research shows that results are improved when ALL the bacteria and ALL infected tooth pulp is removed prior to the root being filled. This is where the Erbium:YAG Laser has its impact.
Many teeth don’t have a simple pulp canal system. Much of the pulp from your teeth are found in curved caverns, fins, lateral canals, and canals that split into other canals. Your doctor irrigates your tooth with a disinfectant and then does something extra, something unique. He inserts the Erbium:YAG Laser into the pulp chamber and activates it. The laser energy heats and sonically vibrates the medication in the roots helping it clean every fin and lateral canal all the way to the tip of the root. It’s vitally important not to fill your root until it’s properly cleaned and disinfected. Although no doctor can guarantee a tooth can be saved, Drs. Grimes, Mathur and Mattlage’s track record for endodontic success exceeds the 95% national average.