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GentleWave actually adds time to my
normal root canal procedures. I'm extremely
efficient with my rotary instrumentation
and can complete traditional root canal
procedures very quickly, but this system
incorporates a timed cycle that lasts for
8-9 minutes and can't be sped up. Considering the additional 5-10 minutes of prep
time that it takes to build the platform, it
adds about 15-20 minutes to each of my
procedures.
Cost is also a barrier to entry. Not
only do we have to consider the cost of
buying each console, there are also increased
procedure costs associated with each case you
choose to use the system on. Each procedure
instrument is encoded with a computer
chip that will allow it to be used for only

one cycle. For this reason, the expense of
the PI is per tooth. Three root canals on the
same patient? That's three PIs. SoundSeal
and EDTA are also costly supplies that each
case requires, so a decision will have to be
made by providers whether to pass those
extra costs on to patients or to absorb them
as part of your overhead. In the current
insurance environment, absorbing more
costs sometimes isn't economical or even

possible, and passing costs on to patients
becomes necessary.
We still perform some treatments using
traditional methods, but those cases are
becoming fewer and fewer. I've been quite
happy with the elevated care that this system
has allowed us to provide to patients, and
am eagerly awaiting independent studies
that will corroborate the success and healing
we're seeing in our patients. ■

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