Typically, before treatment one would take a bitewing and two periapical x-rays. Taken at different angles this determines the quality & density of bone as well as the root canal path. This normally gives a better insight into the extent of the damage.
The 2D x-ray machines like the KaVo Scan eXam One (pictured below) is perfect for all intraoral purposes. Its excellent image quality, ability to deliver consistently high-quality results and support for occlusal 4c image format, means it is ideal for aiding in root canal procedures.
Both 2D and 3D imaging can be used to diagnose root canal, however, each has their own advantages. 3D Cone beam computed tomography is the more superior one of the two.
Have you ever considered 3D CBCT Imaging?
The benefit of the three-dimensional Cone Beam Computed Tomography (3D CBCT) imaging is that it provides exceptional information that traditional x-rays cannot provide. This new angle of information is considerably helpful in every step of root canal procedure, allowing the endodontist to examine teeth, their root canal space as well as the surrounding anatomical structure in 3D. CBCT imaging highlights key dental structures like nerve paths, bones and other elements of the teeth and gums and provides greater resolution images that are extremely detailed.
This information provided by the 3D CBCT scan allow the endodontist an opportunity for the early detection of diseases caused by root canal infection, configure the number and shape of root canals, evaluate the critical anatomical structures such as maxillary sinus and main conduit of nerve and blood vessels.
In instances of a re-treatment of earlier treated root canals, the CBCT image provides an invaluable comprehensive analysis of the condition and understandings on how to resolve the challenge. CBCT Imaging will help to make a more precise diagnostic decision, determine an improved treatment plan, and increase the overall performance during the treatment methods.
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