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First and foremost, we believe that people should have their own healthy teeth for an entire lifetime. To support that belief, our specialty practice is committed to using the latest state-of-the-art technology available to enhance patient care.  Advanced training in endodontics coupled with the use of new technologies result in a positive patient experience and make root canal treatment safer, faster, more effective and predictable.


Below are some of the important advances we use to better treat our patients: 


GentleWave - Effectively cleaning the deepest, most complex portions(1,2) of the root canal system requires incredible innovation—and we are proud to offer that technology with the GentleWave® Procedure, a state-of-the-art alternative to standard root canal treatment. The ultracleaning technology of the GentleWave Procedure is an advanced combination of fluid dynamics and a broad range of soundwaves that work together to reach into the microscopic spaces(1,2) and remove bacteria, debris and tissue.(2) The GentleWave Procedure is so effective at cleaning and disinfecting the root canal system, there's less chance of failure over time.(3) 
The GentleWave Procedure uses a minimally invasive(1) protocol to access the infected root canal system, which means it is preserving more of the natural tooth and, in doing so, is helping to keep the tooth’s structure strong. With the GentleWave Procedure we can also typically clean and fill the tooth in just one appointment,(3) which may reduce the number of appointments required. 
Achieving an exceptional level of clean requires advanced endodontics—and that’s something we take pride in providing. Contact us today to discover the GentleWave Difference for yourself. 
(1)Molina B et al. (2015) J Endod. 41:1701-5 (2)Vandrangi P et al. (2015) Oral Health 72-86 (3)Sigurdsson A et al. (2016) J Endod. 42:1040-48 


Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) - A cone beam CT (computed tomography) scan provides for highly accurate, three-dimensional radiographic images for the diagnosis, planning and treatment of endodontic disease. This technology allows for three-dimensional visualization of teeth, bone, sinuses and surrounding structures with minimal radiation to the patient, enabling a level of anatomical accuracy and patient care not possible with regular dental x-rays. We are able to view microscopic sections of teeth and surrounding structures in all three planes: top to bottom, side to side, and front to back.



Digital X-rays - By using computerized digital x-rays, we can reduce the radiation to our patients by nearly 90%. A comfortable sensor pad is used, instead of film, to capture an instant image, which also means shorter appointments for our patients. Because they’re digital, these x-rays can be enhanced by the computer for improved visualization. The ability to see subtleties using digital radiography is crucial to diagnosis, collaboration, and patient communication. A printed report, including these x-rays, is sent to your dentist after your visit with us.  



Microscope - Our doctors use a surgical operating microscope during treatment to allow for enhanced vision, through illumination and magnification, of the minutest details inside your tooth, such as complex root canal anatomy, extra or calcified canals, and fracture lines.  This technology dramatically improves the diagnosis, treatment and outcome of your root canal.   



Digital Imaging - Through the microscope, we are able to take digital pictures and videos of your tooth. These images can be sent to your dentist for increased communication of your specific needs.  Digital imaging of your root canal system also allows us to improve treatment explanations during your examination, allowing you to visualize your need for dental treatment.  



Apex Locator - This device helps to precisely measure the length of the tooth’s roots electronically for complete cleaning of the tooth. Because it is very accurate, it reduces the number of x-rays normally needed during the procedure. Used along with digital x-rays, this device lowers patient radiation exposure even further.

Ultrasonics – An Alternative to the Drill - Instead of using a drill inside your tooth, this device vibrates a diamond coated metal tip at high frequency. Because it is very small, it can be used under the microscope for precise removal of small amounts of tooth or fillings, allowing for conservative treatment of your tooth. Our doctors also use quiet electric handpieces (drills) to help eliminate the sound of the dental drill.

A Paperless Office - At Shoreline Endodontics, we are an environmentally friendly, digital office.  Our practice software, The Digital Office (TDO), is uniquely specialized for endodontics.  It allows our referring dentists to follow each step of their patients' endodontic treatment for a seamless line of communication.  This safe, secure, HIPAA compliant software allows our patients to register and update their information remotely at their convenience.

Christopher M. Allen, D.D.S., M.S. | Jennifer L. Barrord, D.M.D., M.S. | Jeffrey H. Haag, D.D.S., M.S.
1087 Business Park Drive, Traverse City, MI 49686
9116 East 13th Street Suite C, Cadillac, MI 49601

Providing endodontic care, including root canal therapy, retreatment, apicoectomy, and management of cracked teeth and traumatic dental injuries, in the following cities and surrounding areas: Traverse City, Acme, Suttons Bay, Leland, Northport, Elk Rapids, Grayling, East Jordan, Cadillac, Lake City, Big Rapids, Gladwin, Houghton Lake, Charlevoix, Petoskey, Manistee, Gaylord, Alpena, Mt. Pleasant, Clare, Roscommon