Root Canal Therapy Part I
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After hearing this podcast, the listener should:
the beginning of the root canal therapy process, including best practices
for disinfection and infection control procedures.
the differences, advantages, and disadvantages of indirect and direct pulp
Advancements in endodontic materials and technique have
consolidated root canal therapy into three principal appointments: examination,
canal preparation, and obturation. This sequence requires the practitioner to
eliminate all bacteria from the canal space.
If the pulp is inflamed but still vital, clinicians have often proceeded
with endodontic treatment as a single-visit procedure. The thought was that
infection would not negatively affect the success rate of the procedure.
Although the patient might experience some sensitivity for one or two days
postoperatively, this soreness would subside. As long as the treatment was
performed properly, follow-up radiographs usually revealed continued periapical