From the deepest roots of the oral cavity to the cutting edge of technology, endodontics has undergone an extraordinary metamorphosis in the digital age.
For those who immerse themselves in the complexities of the root canals, digital dentistry is presented as the silent ally that redefines the way we address the most intricate challenges of dental health. It is the fusion between endodontic dexterity and digital innovation, which is shaping the present and future of the practice, making technology a catalyst that elevates endodontics to new heights of precision, efficiency and clinical excellence.
In fact, a study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association in 2023, found that endodontists who use digital technologies have a higher success rate in endodontic treatments. He also established that endodontists who use digital technologies have a 96.5% success rate, compared to a 92.5% success rate for endodontists who did not use these advances.
What are the most notable advantages of digital dentistry for endodontists?
Accurate diagnosis with three-dimensional images
One of the most notable contributions of digital dentistry to the field of endodontics is the ability to obtain high-resolution three-dimensional images. Images taken with intraoral scanners provide the endodontist with a detailed view of the dental anatomy, allowing a more accurate diagnosis. The three-dimensional information reveals hidden details that could escape detection on conventional x-rays, facilitating the identification of periapical lesions, root fractures and anatomical anomalies. This precise approach to diagnosis lays the foundation for an effective and personalized duct treatment.
Virtual planning for surgical interventions
Digital dentistry goes beyond diagnosis by offering virtual planning tools for endodontic surgical interventions. Professionals can use specialized software to simulate procedures before performing them, which allows them to evaluate the complexity of the case and anticipate possible challenges. This virtual planning capability not only optimizes the efficiency of the treatment, but also minimizes the risks associated with surgical interventions, improving patient safety and the accuracy of the procedure.
According to a research by Dental Economics in 2022, patients who receive endodontic treatment with digital technologies have greater satisfaction. The study pointed out that patients who received endodontic treatment with digital technologies had a satisfaction score of 9.4 out of 10, compared to a satisfaction score of 8.8 out of 10 for patients who did not receive it.
Intraoral scanning and digital modeling
The taking of traditional prints with materials that can be uncomfortable for the patient has been replaced by intraoral scanning technologies. These devices capture three-dimensional digital images of the teeth and gums, eliminating the need for physical molds.
The resulting digital modeling is more accurate, fast and comfortable for the patient. For the endodontist, this means having detailed digital models that facilitate treatment planning, especially in cases of complex duct treatments that require a thorough analysis of dental anatomy.
In particular, prosthetically guided surgical guides can be useful in the following endodontic procedures:
Treatment of root canals in teeth with complex anatomy: Prosthetically guided surgical guides can help endodontists identify and prepare root canals in teeth with complex anatomy, which can improve the effectiveness of treatment.
Reconstruction of teeth with damaged roots: They can help endodontists place dental implants or crowns more accurately, which can improve the aesthetics and function of the tooth.
Improvement in interdisciplinary communication
Digital dentistry not only benefits the endodontist in their individual practice, but also improves interdisciplinary communication between oral health professionals. Digital records can be shared quickly and safely with other specialists, such as orthodontists and oral surgeons, facilitating effective collaboration in cases that require the attention of multiple disciplines. This fluid integration of information optimizes the coordination of treatment, resulting in more comprehensive and efficient care for the patient.
Robotic instrumentation and computer-assisted systems
The implementation of robotic instrumentation and computer-aided systems has taken the precision and efficiency of endodontic procedures to a new level. Robotic instrumentation systems allow duct treatments to be performed with millimeter precision, minimizing the risk of human errors. In addition, computer-assisted systems guide the endodontist during the procedure, providing real-time information about the position of the instruments and ensuring a safer and more accurate approach.
Digital record of medical history
The transition to digital dentistry has also impacted the way patients’ medical records are recorded and managed. Digital records allow fast and secure access to patient information, which improves administrative efficiency and reduces the risk of data loss. The ability to access digital records remotely facilitates collaboration between oral health professionals and improves the continuity of patient care.
Continuing education and professional development
Digital dentistry not only benefits patients and clinical efficiency, but has also become an invaluable tool for the continuing education and professional development of endodontists.
The availability of online courses, virtual simulations and digital learning resources allows professionals to stay up to date with technological advances and perfect their skills in a virtual environment.
At SOi Digital we are committed to the firm development of digital dentistry, and we have created extremely interesting learning material. For example, here you can download an ebook where we share a clinical case that exemplifies the digital workflow in the preparation of a total digital maxillary prosthesis.