Besides skills, training and experience; successful root canal treatment is highly dependent on specialised technology. This is because it is a micro-procedure and requires the use of a microscope to do to high standards.
For example, many root canals are narrower than a human hair so it should not be surprising that specialised equipment is needed to find, clean and fill them properly.
Due to the cost of this equipment, endodontic clinics such as Elite Endo are few and far between.
We are pleased to advise you that no expense has been spared in our endeavour to provide treatment of the highest standard.
Learn more by reading through our technology below.
The accepted standard in quality root treatment provision.
Our state-of-the-art Carl Zeiss microscope is recognised as the finest instrument of its type and is a cornerstone of Elite Endo. This instrument is also used in micro-vascular and neuro-surgery. Without it, quality root canal treatment is not possible.
It is said in medicine that if you cannot see it, you cannot treat it. We can find root canals narrower than a human hair with our microscope and that means we can treat them. The intensity of its Xenon light is brighter than looking into the sun. Without this powerful illumination the magnifying ability of the instrument is rendered useless. You will need to wear our special sunglasses before we look into your tooth with our microscope!
The image shows the detail of a £20 note and then the Queen’s eye 17 times larger, as seen with our Zeiss microscope. This is the kind of magnifying power needed to perform successful root canal treatment.
Cone Beam CT Scanner
X-rays are needed for diagnosing root canal problems and to help plan treatment. Although we use the finest digital X-ray technology at Elite Endo, it is sometimes not good enough. This is because an X-ray is essentially a 2D silhouette or shadow and only portrays a very limited view of what is going on in and around teeth.
To remedy this problem, we have a dental CT scanner that takes a 3D scan of a just a few teeth at a time. It is extremely accurate and offers us privileged information that is needed in certain cases. Cone beam CT is currently revolutionising endodontics in the same way that the operating microscope has already done.
As wonderful as our microscope is, it cannot see around bends and root canals are never straight!
Our Root ZX apex locator measures the length of your root canals so we clean them all the way to the end
Sequential rotary NiTi filing
This fascinating alloy has found its way into things such as cardiovascular stents. Newer, highly engineered forms of this material are used at Elite Endo to rapidly and safely remove debris from root canals. The inset photo shows a nickel titanium file in a torque controlled motor.
Special “torque controlled” motors are used to drive these files. Henk has invested in six torque controlled motors and seven different file systems employing three types of nickel-titanium alloy. About six to ten of these costly files are needed for a root canal treatment and they are disposed of thereafter.
Once we have found and cleaned the root canal it needs to be disinfected with chemicals, but there is one big problem, the peculiarly irregular shape of each root canal system means these chemicals need help to get into all the nooks and crannies where the infection is.
We use a device with various long polymer tips that vibrate ten thousand times per minute to help flow the disinfectants to where they are needed within the canal systems.
Root Filling Equipment
It is theoretically impossible to remove all the bacteria from a root canal and that makes the root filling aspect even more important. We use special equipment and the principals of hydraulics to flow sealant materials into all areas and if any bacteria have escaped attempts to eliminate them, we “entomb” them in hard-setting materials so they don’t cause future problems.
In the very small confines within a tooth, even the finest dental drills are sometimes much too clumsy.
We therefore make use of slender, ultrasonically energised instruments to carefully remove small amounts of tooth material or help dislodge previously placed root filling materials and instruments.
Unlike a dental drill, these fine instruments do not obscure the field of view when using a microscope.
They are made from highly engineered materials such titanium alloy and are used exclusively for endodontics. As seen in this picture, Henk uses a wide range of these instruments
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