X-ray diagnostics is an extremely useful diagnostic method in the case of root canal treatment.
Minimal radiation doses allow us to take several intraoral photographs during one visit – without any impact on the patient’s health.
Using x-ray diagnostics, we can check, among other things, the state of the tooth before treatment, the presence of inflammatory changes, the extent of destruction, the patency of the canals, and the presence of obstacles in the canal (e.g. broken tool). We can also verify the fit of the filling material or the condition after filling the root canals, documenting the course of treatment from beginning to end.
Also treatment ends (usually after 6 and 12 months), we check the course of the healing process of inflammatory lesions in a follow-up picture, comparing previous images to current ones.
Modern diagnostic tools allow excellent visualization of even small and complex anatomical structures. Computed tomography in dental diagnostics is an advanced, three-dimensional, and precise imaging technique. We take advantage of these tools in difficult cases of root canal treatment.
A classic X-ray picture, which is a two-dimensional projection, does not allow visualization of all the canals of the teeth and other anatomical details.
Thanks to the use of computed tomography, an atypical run of dental canals, a frequent cause of ineffective surgery, can be mapped. The doctor can determine the presence of additional canals, find root rupture, and picture the size of inflammatory changes.
However, a doctor should decide on the need for a CT scan.