Be honest. Do you always take the time to reduce your patient’s occlusion before you start your root canal? Well, here is another quick tip for you, all about occlusal reduction.

I love these quick tips because all they require is a small shift to change your endo game for the better. And they are usually FREE!

Reducing your patient’s occlusion is beneficial for two significant reasons.

First, you are reducing their post-operative pain.

See, after you are done with your root canal, the patient’s body is going to go into a period of wound healing, and inflammation is going to kick in.  That tooth will now be slightly elevated in the socket.

So if you don’t want your patient to bang on that tooth in the immediate post-op period, you will take that tooth down a bit before you get started.

Second, this little act will make your entire procedure go even more smoothly. 

By reducing the cusp tips, you are creating a flat platform your rubber stopper can lay against while you work. Plus, you now have a repeatable reference point to keep going back to. This way you will remain consistent throughout your procedure with respect to your working length, and your obturation will be more accurate.

It also makes looking into your access a little easier because you no longer have that cusp in the way. 

One final tip:

I always suggest doing your occlusal reduction at the beginning of the appointment BEFORE you place the rubber dam. 

Want to know why? Because it is so easy to catch your rubber dam with your bur and make a nice big hole in it. So, if you want to save your rubber dams, you will make this your first step right after you get your patient numb.

Have questions? Let me know.

-Sonia

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