Technological advances in the dental industry have made root canals even easier to perform than ever before. New diagnostic procedures have removed some complexity from the planning stages and made planning treatment easier. Root canals have developed an undeserved reputation for being painful and unpleasant. Modern dentistry has made the procedure no more unpleasant than having a filling applied. Thanks to technology, from diagnosis through to sealing up the affected tooth, the whole process is easier.
Cone-Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) and Root Canals
Cone-Beam Computed Tomography, called CBCT for short, is one of the most essential tools in treating infected root canals. This new innovation takes the place of traditional x-rays. It does this by producing beautiful, flawless 3-D images of the entire oral cavity, rather than just flat images of the teeth and bones. Using these specialized 3-D images, your dentist is better able to diagnose your condition and plan the treatment ahead.
CBCT comes with a number of benefits, among them:
- High-Quality Imaging
- Reduced radiation to produce images
- Ability to print a 3D model of your oral structures
- Rapid, safe transfer to any necessary specialists
- 3D images viewable from any angle on a monitor
- More comfortable for the patient
The precision and 3D nature of the images make it possible for the dentist to view your oral structures in stunning detail. This means finding, diagnosing, and planning treatment for these issues is easier than ever.
- High-Tech Magnification – Surgical microscopes are another essential tool your dentist will use when performing a root canal. These high-power microscopes work well when combined with the digital imaging available from CBCT. They make it possible for aspects of your oral health to be seen in real-time that previously were impossible. They also provide focused illumination of the treatment area to aid in procedures. This type of microscope technology is essential as it makes it possible to observe canals in the tooth that was too small to be seen with the naked eye.
- Intraoral Camera – The final element of this trifecta is the intraoral camera. While CBCT makes it possible for your dentist to see the hard oral structures, bones, and teeth, the intraoral camera is for the soft tissues. This camera is mounted on a wand that is inserted into your mouth and rotated. It takes countless pictures, using special software to stitch them together into a 3D visualization of your oral cavity as it is moved around. This makes it possible for the dentist to better view your oral cavity, but it also involves the patient. Your dentist can use the resulting image to show you what they’re treating and what the procedure will entail.
Learn More From Your Dentist Today
Those about to undergo endodontic treatment will benefit from reaching out to their practitioner. They’ll be able to address all of your concerns and answer any questions you may have before they proceed. Endodontic care doesn’t have to be scary; modern technology has made it easy and virtually painless!