Root canal (endodontic) infections occur when bacteria are allowed to flourish in the internal caverns of teeth.  Virulent bacteria can thrive in these isolated areas causing facial pain and swelling.  

An infected tooth can be successfully treated and retained if shaped, disinfected, and sealed three dimensionally.  These procedural objectives are imperative in resolving and preventing further progression of the bacterial infection.   Although, many technological advances have been achieved in root canal shaping and disinfection (resolving the infection) difficulty remains in accurately and densely sealing the complexities of a root canal system.

The final objective of successful root canal treatment is to 3-dimensionally seal all complex and random anatomy of individual root canal systems.  Difficulty in accomplishing this objective leads to treatment failures and progression of the disease process. 

   

Infinite Array of Anatomical Possibilities: One of the main problems in accomplishing a precise 3-dimensional seal of root canal systems is the vast array of anatomical possibilities present.  Moreover, this randomness increases at deeper levels of root canal anatomy.  This image displays typical root canal anatomy.

   

Extension of infection if bacteria are allowed to colonize and flourish within an incompletely sealed root canal system: These photos show the ability of an infected tooth to extent into other facial spaces.  Resolution of this type of extension is critical as complications can be life threatening.

   

The Cork obturation system.  This revolutionary system brings several new technologies to sealing root canals.   For the first time the science of electronic apex location is utilized during obturation.  The patented CORK device also allows for heat delivery to deep, difficult to reach regions of complex pulpal systems. This direct temperature transfer throughout the entire gutta percha allows for greater levels of 3D molding.  In addition, the system employees a new patented plugger that was designed to allow for safe 3 dimensional forces of compaction for greater efficacy in sealing the many intricacies of pulpal anatomy.