Focused Ultrasound Therapy
Focused ultrasound is a rapidly evolving, therapeutic technology with the potential to improve the quality of life and decrease the cost of care for patients with tooth disease that requires a root canal or other procedures where it is very helpful to not have infections present.
How it Works
This novel technology sends beams of focused ultrasound energy into the cleaning fluid which forms cavitation bubbles. The negative pressure that comes from the cavitation greatly enhances the cleaning of the nerve root. This type of work is also being explored to help treat biofilms and more effectively deliver antibiotics.
Conventional techniques effectively clean 29% of the nerve root, and passive ultrasound techniques may achieve 80%. The focused ultrasound cavitation bubble technique achieved a cleanliness level reported at greater than 97%. For certain patients, focused ultrasound use may improve the success of this procedure and also enhance the patient’s comfort.
Focused ultrasound also preserves dentin maintenance compared to mechanical techniques and easily accommodates the variable structure of the nerve root.
At the present time, there are no clinical trials recruiting patients. However, a 12-month study was completed recently.
Regulatory Approval and Reimbursement
This treatment is not yet approved by regulatory bodies or covered by medical insurance companies.
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