Loop 101 Endodontics in Scottsdale, AZ
Regenerative Procedures
Helping Young Teeth Grow Strong & Healthy
Loop 101 Endodontics in Scottsdale, AZ

Scottsdale Regenerative Procedures

When your endodontist in Scottsdale talks about root canals, Dr. Duval is usually talking about root canals for adults. So what happens when a young person needs a root canal? Dr. Duval is at the forefront of a leading-edge technique called regenerative Endodontics, a tissue engineering technique that helps an immature infected tooth regain healthy and continual root growth and formation.

“The treatment itself is very technique-sensitive and requires substantial training…” – AAE.org (Read more here.)

We’re trying to allow the tooth to continue to grow so that it’s as strong and as normal in development as possible, and we’re also addressing infection if present.

– Dr. Duval

What is Regenerative Endodontics?

According to the American Academy of Endodontics, “ Regenerative endodontics is one of the most exciting developments in dentistry today… Regenerative endodontics uses the concept of tissue engineering to restore the root canals to a healthy state, allowing for the continued development of the root and surrounding tissue.”

With regenerative Endodontics in Scottsdale, your child’s tooth can keep growing naturally instead of being stunted and left in the vulnerable and fragile state in which it was damaged. Immature teeth have short roots and thin walls leading to a much higher susceptibility to fracture over a lifetime. Those young teeth are kept alive and vital, helping both the teeth and the roots grow to full size and strength. They look better, function more naturally, and are more resistant to caries or future trauma. We want to treat all patients (especially our pediatric ones) like our own kids. We know that personally, Dr. Duval would want his two children to have as many options as possible to attempt to retain their natural tooth if they were faced with a situation that could be fixed through regenerative procedures.

How Regenerative Endodontics Works

If your child has had traumatic tooth damage or an infection, your Endodontist in Scottsdale, Dr. Ryan Duval starts by clearing away that infection in a way very similar to a traditional root canal, except that our new protocols are more “stem-cell friendly.”

Once the tooth is completely disinfected (which could take one or more visits), instead of placing an inert material into the tooth to stabilize and seal it, we place live tissue in the pulp chamber and around the apical papilla, a group of cells around the end of the root. This live tissue produces growth factors that stimulate the root and tooth to keep growing. We then place a very biocompatible material to seal and protect the tooth.

Regenerative Endodontics is highly effective, and can help retain a natural tooth to allow its continued root growth with a 90-100% success rate.

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