Patient-Centered Root Canal Treatment Technology

The GentleWave® Technology was developed in pursuit of improving the efficacy and efficiency of root canal treatment (RCT), as well as the patient experience. For well over a century, RCT has depended primarily on files to manually remove infected tissue and tooth structure from inside the tooth. Files, however, have limited reach inside complex root canal anatomy4 and can leave behind infected tissue3 and bacteria, leaving the tooth susceptible to reinfection.

The minimally invasive approach of the GentleWave Procedure minimizes manual instrumentation and instead utilizes a powerful vortex of procedure fluids and acoustic energy that cleans the deepest, most complex portions of the root canal system.

Redefining Standard Root Canal Therapy

During the GentleWave Procedure, fluids undergo a multistage optimization process that energizes and propels fluids throughout the root canal system to remove infected tissue, debris and bacteria. The result is a more efficient and effective clean that promotes early healing.

The Possible Complications in Manual Instrumentation

While files have been used successfully in RCT for many years, they have the potential to:

  • Remove too much tooth structure, which may weaken the remaining tooth

  • Leave behind infected tissue due to limited reach in complex root canal anatomy

  • Break off inside the tooth, where they often cannot be removed5

  • Puncture through the tooth, leaving the tooth unsalvageable6

  • Create “smear layer”—a paste-like substance containing debris and bacteria

Figure 1: Complex Anatomy. This lateral canal would be virtually impossible to clean using only files.

Figure 2: Separated Instrument. The circled area of this patient’s tooth shows a piece of a file left behind.

Watch this short video to learn more about how the GentleWave Technology could improve your RCT.