Microscopic Endodontics Posted on July 10, 2017

Microscopic Endodontics

Today’s modern endodontic offices use high-tech tools and advanced procedures to treat patients who have tooth pain or injury and require root canal treatment.

Endodontics in Cranberry uses equipment like digital X-rays, electric hand pieces, ultrasonic instruments, and surgical operating microscopes to help recognize and then treat your tooth pain.

What Happens During a Root Canal?

First, you’ll be evaluated for a root canal to see if the tooth’s pulp is infected or inflamed. If it’s determined that you need this procedure performed, the first step is to be injected with a local anesthetic. Once that area of the mouth is completely numb (you won’t feel a thing during a root canal), it’s time to enter the tooth and take out the infected pulp from the tooth’s roots. Once that’s completed, the canals are cleaned and filled with an antibacterial substance called gutta percha. Then the orthodontist will then prepare a temporary filling since the structure of the tooth is now unstable. You’ll have a crown put on the tooth that will look and feel natural.

The Importance of a Surgical Microscope

During a root canal, an endodontist like Dr. Semashko will be very careful to remove all of the infected pulp. Since the roots of your teeth are small, and each root can have several canals, it’s important that the endodontist can see each part of the canal. If bacteria remains in the canal, it will need to be retreated, so it’s important to make sure the root is completely clean. A surgical operating microscope is used to provide very high magnification to identify inflammation that cannot be seen with less sophisticated equipment. With this microscope, your root canal will be performed in less time than it would have taken just 15 years ago. It also produces high patient satisfaction because you are much less likely to require retreatment.

As a leader in the field of endodontics, Dr. Semashko uses state-of-the-art equipment to treat patients with root canals or root canal retreatment. In addition to more than 25 years of experience as a dentist, he has been named one of the top dentists in Pittsburgh by Pittsburgh Magazine. Dr. Semashko also is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine, in the Department of Endodontics.


If your general dentist has suggested that you see an endodontist, or you are feeling pain in your tooth, give Cranberry endodontics expert Dr. Semashko a call.