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Endodontic Restorations:Post and Core Placements
Post and core placement is a dental procedure used to restore a severely damaged or decayed tooth, typically one that has undergone root canal therapy. During this procedure, a dental post (a small metal or tooth-colored rod) is anchored within the root canal to provide structural support, and a core (a filling material) is built up around the post to create a stable foundation for a crown. This process ensures the tooth's strength and enables the placement of a prosthetic crown, ultimately restoring both function and aesthetics to the tooth, allowing the patient to regain normal dental function.
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Dr. V.S. Mohan Dr. V.S Mohan
Former President of IDA, Endodontist at Dr. Mohan’s Dente Dental Clinic, Mumbai
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Root Canal vs. Tooth Extraction: Pros and Cons
Root canal treatment preserves the natural tooth structure by removing infected or damaged tissue from within the tooth. Tooth extraction involves complete removal of the tooth from the socket, which can lead to loss of function and aesthetics. Root canal treatment allows for retention of the tooth's functionality, including chewing and speech, avoiding the need for replacement options like dental implants or bridges. Tooth extraction may be necessary in cases of severe damage, extensive decay, or when root canal treatment is not feasible.
Anatomical files shaping canals – Myth or Reality!
Anatomical files play a crucial role in three-dimensional shaping of root canals during endodontic procedures. Advances in endodontic instruments allow for intricate shaping, respecting the natural anatomy of root canal systems. Three-dimensional shaping minimizes the risk of procedural errors, ensuring thorough cleaning and obturation of the canal. Anatomical shaping facilitates optimal cleaning of complex canal systems, reducing the likelihood of Real-time imaging and advanced instrumentation contribute to the practicality of achieving three-dimensional shaping in clinical settings. Flexible files with varying tapers adapt to the curvature of the canal, enhancing precision during shaping. Three-dimensional shaping supports a patient-centric approach, promoting long-term success in endodontic treatments. Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) and digital imaging aid in assessing and achieving accurate anatomical shaping. Training in the use of anatomical files ensures practitioners can navigate and shape root canals effectively.