New Dental Device Could Make Root Canal Procedures Easier

New Dental Device Could Make Root Canal Procedures Easier

July 16, 2019 - Arminco Inc.

A root canal is a challenging experience for both the patient and the dentist. The patient will be under anesthesia while the endodontist needs to quickly clean and disinfect the tooth and promote rapid healing.

A new medical device that has been developed at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry does both simultaneously. This device uses light to produce results in under 30 seconds. According to Kimberly Morio, who started this project, this device can lead to fast healing and improved prognosi

Morio, Kim Brogden, Professor in the Department of Periodontics and director of the Iowa Institute for Oral Health Research Softronics Ltd., Founder, and President Bob Sternowski, and others have developed three functioning prototypes for the yet-to-be-named device.

A 2017 survey shows that 15.1 million root canal treatments are performed each year, which shows the potential market for this device.

Current methods of performing root canals are not 100 percent effective and can lead to lingering pain and infection which can be potentially dangerous to the patient if left untreated.

UI Research Foundation (UIRF), which is part of the University of Iowa, provides funds and resources to promising research projects. UIRF is helping with this project and is looking for a partner to help bring this technology to the market. This device will ultimately help patients have better results and make the endodontist’s job easier.

Source: research.uiowa.edu