During a specialist consultation for a root canal, an endodontist may use a variety of tools and techniques to evaluate the tooth and determine the best course of treatment. One of the tools that an endodontist may use is a Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) scan, which is a specialized type of X-ray that provides detailed, three-dimensional images of the tooth, jaw and surrounding structures. These images can help the endodontist to identify the exact location of the canals, any abnormalities or calcifications, as well as any bone loss or other issues.
In addition to CBCT, the specialist may also take traditional X-rays of the affected tooth. These X-rays provide a two-dimensional image of the tooth and surrounding structures, which can help to identify issues such as decay, infection, or trauma to the tooth.
Another tool that an endodontist may use during a root canal consultation is an operating microscope. This microscope allows the endodontist to magnify the view of the tooth, making it easier to locate small or hidden canals, as well as to see the tooth in greater detail. The operating microscope also allows the endodontist to use specialized instruments to remove the infected pulp and to clean and seal the canals more accurately and thoroughly.
The use of these tools during a root canal consultation can increase the accuracy and success rate of the procedure. A CBCT scan and traditional X-rays can help the endodontist to identify issues that may not be visible to the naked eye, such as multiple canals or abnormalities in the tooth structure. The microscope allows the endodontist to see the tooth in greater detail, which can improve the accuracy and success of the procedure.
In summary, a root canal consultation with the use of CBCT, x-rays, and a microscope can provide a more accurate and detailed evaluation of the tooth, allowing the endodontist to identify any potential problems and to develop a personalized treatment plan for the patient, which can ultimately improve the success rate and longevity of the root canal procedure. The cost for this information is well worth it.
After evaluating your medical condition, previous dental history, current symptoms, and advanced imaging, Dr. Phan will perform a comprehensive examination. He will present multiple options and help guide you to a tailored treatment plan.
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