Knowing the difference between a good and bad root canal is challenging. But we’re trying to make it a bit easier for you. Your VeriTooth report provides a snapshot, comparing the x-rays your dentist provided against specific criteria as defined by the AAE (American Association of Endodontics).
While dentistry is a great deal more than simple criteria, these are some standard ways dental work can be checked for quality. If these things were not done or done poorly it can lead to all kinds of future problems including infection, cracked teeth, tooth loss or even greater health risks.
Expert reviewers took the following standards into consideration when verifying your x-ray:
With some items, the reviewer may have indicated the x-ray does not have enough information to confirm the specific criteria. This can be because a poor x-ray image was taken. It can also happen when the angle of the image makes it difficult to see some things. For example, an additional canal may be hidden behind one or the access opening can be hidden by the crown. In these cases an additional image may be needed. Some dental offices have more advanced machines that take a comprehensive 3D image to make sure nothing is missed.
It’s important to understand that your review is a comparison of the submitted x-rays against industry standards. If your report looks positive, then you now have an additional data point to help you appreciate the quality of work provided. If you’re report appears to show some issues, we recommend you start by discussing this with your dentist. He/She may know about your case beyond what your VeriTooth reviewer was able to see in the submitted x-rays. Dentists spend years perfecting their trade and care deeply about the quality of their work. In our conversations with dentists, most welcome the discussion and appreciate their patients taking an interest in quality work.