Root canal treatment is a dental treatment given to patients with bad teeth or infections inside the teeth. The infections cause pains so severe that the patient is not able to eat or drink anything. The pain is intolerable to some patients and infection affects the dental health, the teeth may get damaged to a point where it needs to be extracted. That is when endodontic therapy comes into operation, the dentist checks the teeth and suggests an RCT to remove the infection and secure the teeth from any further damage. It is also known as Endodontic Therapy, specifically done in the pulp of the tooth. 


Root Canal Treatment in Molars and incisors

Root canal therapy is mostly done on back teeth but might be needed on the front teeth. Doctors suggest it after reviewing the situation of the teeth and understanding the depth of the damage. Molars and Incisors have different root canals; the dentist needs to have deep morphology knowledge. The place of your teeth duly affects the success of the root canal treatment. 

RCT is majorly done to reduce the risk of damage to the teeth, but if the plaque has already built on the tooth, the chances of developing cavities increase. Once the tooth is treated and the crowning is done, it depends on the person’s oral hygiene and the tooth’s health to decide if the treated tooth can remain in the mouth or be extracted only.  


Molars are a bit difficult to treat with RCT because of their abnormal eruption patterns. If the tooth is extremely damaged and cannot survive even after crowing, the doctor advises extracting the molars because of their location and occlusal anatomy. 


Incisors, in comparison to molars, are easier to perform root canal treatments on. They have a single canal, but it should be noted that the process being easier still might cause traumatic etiology. The different incisors have different lengths of canals; some have long canals, which make it difficult for the dentist to clean the canals, while some have small mesial-distal-like dimensions that give the dentist even a hard time. 

Techniques used to inspect the tooth.

It cannot be denied that the tooth’s location determines the quality and success of the endodontic therapy. The dentists use three different ways to determine the roots and canals of the molars, incisors, and other teeth. 


X-ray is the main technique used to determine the root and canals of teeth. It is taken before the treatment is started or even suggested. The 3D picture set or the 2D picture gives a clear idea to the dentist of the number of roots and the canals the teeth have, which helps them set the RCT routine. The dentists look at the 3D picture to understand the level of uncertainty that the tooth has, also the heath of the canal. 


Visual Inspection

Visual Inspection, as the name suggests, is done visually; the dentist creates a cavity in the damaged tooth to know the number of canals, understand the anatomy and patterns of eruptions. Each tooth has different anatomy, canals, and eruptions; therefore, it is necessary for the doctor to get the patient through visual Inspection. 

It is worthy to note that doctors need to have an understanding of the anatomical limitations before conducting root canal treatment, especially in the case of molar RCTs. 

Tactile Discovery

Tactile Discovery is used by dentists to understand the anatomy of the teeth clearly. The space on the tooth is cleaned using canal files, and then the dentist can see the number of root canals. 

Root canal and pain

While root canal treatment is a painful procedure to get through, sedatives make it easier both for the patient and the doctor. When the endodontic therapy is done on molar teeth, the dosage of sedatives is mostly high because the process causes a lot of pain, so the patient does not feel much pain. It takes time to recover and may cause pain during the recovery period to the patient. 

The root canal on the incisors does not pain that bad, a dose of sedation does the magic, and the patient doesn’t even feel any pain. The recovery is faster than the molar and the pain during recovery time is minor or negligible in some cases. 

Final words

Root canal treatment is similar for molars and incisors; however, different techniques help the doctor understand the anatomy and eruption pattern of the teeth. The cleaning procedure is longer in molars and more painful; however, for incisors, the canals are long, so the doctors have a tough time cleaning them. Dentists suggest crowns for premolars and molars; however, the incisors can survive even without crowning, but they may require crowning in some cases. 


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