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Misconceptions in Endodontics
There are many misconceptions surrounding root canal (endodontic) treatment and whether patients experience root canal pain. The American Association of Endodontics wants you to have accurate information. As always, when considering any medical procedure, you should get as much information as you can about all of your options. Your dentist or endodontist can answer many of your questions, and if you still have concerns, it is often wise to seek a second opinion. Myth #1—Root canal treatment is painful. Myth #2—Root canal treatment causes illness. Myth #3—A good alternative to root canal treatment is extraction (pulling the tooth).
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Dr. Shaurya Srivastava M.
Endo RCSEd Specialist Endodontist King's College London Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh
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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.