The main objective of a root canal treatment is to restore functionality of compromised natural teeth, to preserve and stabilize the remaining tooth substance, maintain a healthy periapical status and to rebuild natural esthetics as predictably and efficiently as possible. Shaping, irrigation and obturation are still the main goal of in endodontics, and new instruments and devices help perform root canal treatments in a simple and predictable way. Once the tooth has been endodontically treated, a good restoration is a crucial step to ensure durability to the root dentin complex. Many changes take place after root canal treatment, and it is sometimes hard for the clinician to deal with heavily compromised teeth.
The lecture will focus on the diagnosis and decision making in the restoration of endodontically treated teeth, on the root canal treatment performed with modern instruments, will offer an end to end solution to help navigate a complicated matter, and discuss a workflow both for direct and indirect restorative procedures.
- Describe the workflow for the use of new instruments to perform root canal therapy
- Contrast the differences between vital and non-vital teeth
- Describe the techniques to restore endodontically treated teeth in a direct and/or indirect way
- Identify the need for a fiber post
- Appraise the amount of residual tooth structure to determine the need for a direct or indirect restoration