Even as the success rates of root canal procedures are very high, many dentists often look towards improving their treatment methods. When improving their practice also means looking at clinical studies, observing the speed and accuracy for how they can be performed, and then integrating those methods into our treatments to help patients have an easier experience receiving a root canal treatment. Our new-age tools and techniques are constant, ever-evolving topic, and when looking into improving these treatments, many dentists have chosen a selection of technologies to add to their arsenal against tooth decay.
How Dentists Work to Improve Their Practices
Dentists are working on expanding their fieldwork using clinical trials, educational training courses, and other sources of information to learn everything they need to know about their field. For dentists, expanding into unique areas of dentistry, including 3D printing in the office, reaching the ever-evading MB2 canal, and retreating fractures from older restorations, is what will make their practice ever more responsible and professional for their patients. Among colleagues, this also means sharing information about tested techniques for root canals, gaining cost-effective resources from trusted companies, and meeting up with the latest demands that dentistry requires to have a more successful practice.
At the core of this challenge, however, is to meet the demands of patients, especially patients suffering from conditions that are considered less common in the field of dentistry. Malformed root channels, calcified pulp, and jawbone degradation from previous infections are often conditions that require a dentist to adapt to these circumstances, and with the latest technology, these dentists can address those problems at hand and provide their patients with a better experience.
So, what are the latest technologies that dentists are using these days to help their patients? We’re here to look into these new methods and understand how they’ve reached out into offices everywhere.
The Latest High-Tech Methods For Root Canals
To get a better insight into how dentistry uses these new tools, we’re going to look at the latest technologies used in practices and explain how they impact your root canal treatment:
- 3-D cone beam computed tomography: Making a proper diagnosis requires a deep understanding of tooth anatomy, alongside the ability to read x-rays and radiographs to understand the problems they’re facing. Traditional imaging and clinical diagnosis don’t always encompass the true problems lying underneath their tooth pain, especially because the many technologies previously applied don’t always provide accurate imaging of the patient’s dental problem. In these cases, 3-D cone beam computed tomography imaging is able to enhance the dentist’s ability to view beyond the x-ray and look at the underlying issues.
- Three-Dimensional Radiographic Imaging: CBCT scans alongside cone beam technology are able to reveal more information than before, removing the need for surgical access to identify issues such as lesions throughout the internal pulp of the tooth or calcified pulp present without the external appearances of decay.
- Endodontic Preparation Techniques: Often considered one of the more risky aspects of root canal procedures, heavily restored or calcified teeth tend to make accessing the root canal more difficult through traditional means. However, the introduction of 3D guided implant stents during the procedure can help give dentists greater access to the pulp area and provide a safer, faster form of treatment.
- Enhanced Magnification: In cases where magnification is needed during the procedure, some dentists wish to work with better magnification systems to better view the root canal for treatment, especially if a patient has a risky MB2 canal that’s infected. High-powered dental loupes with overhead LED lights can help expand the visual area for the operating dentist for a more successful procedure.
- Better Instrumentation: Most of all, newer instrumentation is everything for a dentist. One of the most common issues often experienced by dentists with their instruments is the ability to transport and remove pulp within such a confined space, especially if the instruments don’t allow mobility. Finding instruments with narrower tapes, small-handed files, and pre-curved instruments works to access the canal better and perform a quicker treatment.
Dentists are constantly employing newer methods and technologies to advance their root canal procedures better. But for the patient, these improvements may not always be fully understood as their core focus relies on getting the treatment they need.