I can’t imagine to do a root canal treatment without my microscope. The human eye is limited and without microscope, we are not able to see important details for the long term success of the treatment.
This photo shows different grades of magnification. It was taken before the obturation with the canals already cleaned and shaped that’s why the MB2 is so visible.
Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
On this kind of cases we just need to take extra care and patience to do it. It’s very important to enlarge the canal little by little, irrigating all the time to remove the smear layer and avoid ledges when we perform root canal treatments.
The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.
Last month I completed my PhD. awarded with the Cum Laude. It was probably one of the most important days of my profesional career. It took me 3 years and and has been done over 3 countries, Spain, UK (where I was teaching at Manchester University) and UAE.
I just want to say thank you to all the people who has supported and pushed me during all these years.
“…caminante, no hay camino, se hace camino al andar…”
This video is about a dentin bridge I found during a root canal re-treatment of an upper seven molar. Every time I found them I like to preserve these structures to avoid tooth weakening. Only with the help of the microscope we can distinguish these kind of formations from pulp stones. In this case the bridge was crossing the palatal canal.
What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not a goal.
The case I’m showing you today was referred to me for a re-treatment, as you can observe in the picture, there was a broken file on the distal canal with a big apical periodontitis. The treatment was planned to be done in two appointments. In the first one I removed the broken file, and placed calcium hydroxide for 25 days; In the second appointment the tooth was symptomless and I completed the treatment.
After 4 months the patient came for a review and the PA showed new bone formation, so the infection was healing.
I usually like to finish the treatments in a single appointment but is not a rule, time management has to be consider as another variable in root canals treatments and sometimes, is better to do it in two appointments and some others we need even three appointments.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.