The SAF system is a revolutionary new approach to endodontics that is helping dentists around the world treat canals that would have previously been beyond the reach of conventional endodontics.
The latest development in the system is a 2mm diameter file, which allows us to clean larger more open shaped canals than the previous 1.5mm was able to achieve. This is a great development for many front teeth with wide oval canals and for retreatment of large canals where old filling material had previously been unrecoverable from wide defects.
In this case I was treating an upper front tooth that had developed a chronic draining infection through the side of the tooth. The work involved a combination of hand files to guage the width of the tip of the root followed by the SAF for a 5 minutes of direct cleaning and irrigation. The work took place over 2 visits to ensure that the infection was healing before the filling was complete.
The hope is that the root filling will prevent further infection from developing and will help create the environment for healing around the tooth. Long term the prognosis for this tooth is much improved and we can hope to delay the loss of this tooth for many years. If you would like to know if a root filling may help you in a similar way please call the surgery on 01580 752202 and we will arrange a consultation for you.