How Endodontics and Root Canals Have Changed Over the Years Posted on September 14, 2015

The Changes in Endodontics and Root Canals over the Years

These days, receiving root canal treatment at the endodontist is not much different from having a cavity filled. How has such a maligned procedure of the past turned into such a different experience—one that people now view as being no big deal?

It’s because of a number of factors: the advancement of equipment, technology, and techniques; more effective anesthesia and anesthesia delivery; continuing education for endodontists; and additional patient education.

Endodontics Advancements


The equipment that endodontists use to perform root canals has made the treatment very comfortable, more efficient, and much faster. Dental operating microscopes offer clear, magnified images of small details in the tooth and root structure, enabling endodontists to view, diagnose, and treat tooth, pulp, and root issues. Nickel-titanium rotary instruments quickly clean the root canal and reduce discomfort following the procedure. Digital radiography produces just a fraction of the radiation of older, traditional radiation machines, offers on-the-spot quick images (no need for development), and creates a superior image.


In the past decade, local anesthesia techniques and delivery devices have advanced a great deal. In fact, root canal therapy procedures are now nearly painless—even when you receive the initial injection!

Provider Education

Consistent research, evaluation, and improvement of techniques associated with endodontics have created a wellspring of information for endodontists. Additionally, endodontists must earn continuing education credits every year or two so that they can stay abreast of new developments and techniques.

Patient Education

General dentists, endodontists, and organizations like the American Association of Endodontists have worked hard to ensure patients that painless root canals are now the norm. With so many people getting pain-free root canals, it’s now much more common for people to tell their general dentist right away when they have tooth pain, or to contact an endodontist on their own so that they can save their teeth.

Endodontics in Cranberry, located in north Pittsburgh, offers pain-free root canals with advanced equipment and complete focus on the patient. Dr. Gregory Semashko, an endodontist with 30 years of experience, and his staff welcome you to his office. Call us today.