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Restoratively Driven, Minimally Invasive Endodontics

Of all dental specialties, endodontics may have realized the most benefits of technological advancements. A trending paradigm that preservation of tooth structure may be a better predictor of long-term outcomes is supported by Ellen Meyer, DMD, who in Inside Dentistry writes, “Creating more conservative access openings can reduce the risk of tooth loss related to [...]

By | September 19th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Activation of Tooth Regeneration in Mice

Reptiles and fish have multiple sets of teeth during their life cycle. Yet, most mammals, including humans, have only a single set of replacement teeth. Curiously, mice have only a single set of teeth and no replacements. Researchers from King’s Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences, London, dug into the biomolecular analysis of mouse [...]

By | August 20th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Improved Precision to Retreat Root Canals

Endodontic treatment often has success rates of 90-95%. Yet, despite well-done initial root canal treatment, some cases fail and require retreatment. Endodontists now have technologically enhanced instruments, like the dental operating microscope and 3D cone-beam imaging, which allow for a more precise diagnosis of a failing root canal, thereby facilitating retreatment of the case. The [...]

By | July 3rd, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Compounds in Red Wine May Protect Your Oral Health

Considering the stain red wine leaves on our teeth, it’s hard to believe this beverage could have any positive implications on oral health. However, research in the ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry suggests that the compounds found in red wine, known as polyphenols, may actually fend off bad bacteria in the mouth. [...]

By | September 7th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Nanodiamonds Added to Gutta-Percha May Improve Endodontic Outcomes

Researchers at the UCLA School of Dentistry have mixed nanodiamonds with gutta-percha to create a stronger and antimicrobial material to prevent reinfection. Professor Dean Ho, Ph.D. started the research with nanodiamonds after his own experience with endodontic treatment. Dr. Ho asked his dentist about the shortcomings of guttapercha and discovered that attributes like strength [...]

By | June 19th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

The Inflammation Connection and Cardiovascular Heart Disease

An article in the Postgraduate Medical Journal by Bradley Bale, MD, and Amy Doneen, ARNP, illustrates the pathways of specific bacteria from dental infections and shows how they directly cause heart attacks and strokes. Now considered a landmark publication, the 2017 article "High-risk Periodontal Pathogens Contribute to the Pathogenesis of Atherosclerosis” shifts dental pathogens [...]

By | May 30th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Where Is the End of the Apex?

Is today’s endodontic therapy best practice to obturate a root canal to the radiographic apex? Is anything short of that radiographic apex unacceptable? While some dental institutions still instruct that the root canal should be obturated to the radiographic apex, other clinical opinions differ on this subject. The anatomic reality and radiographic perceptions/limitations are [...]

By | May 7th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Post Endo Restorations and Microleakage

It has been well documented that the prognosis of endodontically treated teeth can be improved by restoring them as soon as possible after the completion of the root canal therapy. It is also recognized that teeth that required root canals will typically have little natural coronal structure remaining; hence, the method of post treatment [...]

By | April 27th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

SWIFT MRI Shows Promise for Endodontics

Clinical dentistry has been focusing research in the area of noninvasive and accurate diagnostic methods for the evaluation of dental pathosis. Without using ionizing radiation, the MRI has become an indispensable tool for non-invasively diagnosing and monitoring disease in soft tissues. Specific interest in this area has focused on a recently developed magnetic resonance [...]

By | April 21st, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

C-Shaped Canals Present Challenges to Endodontic Success

A key component to successful endodontic treatment is the early recognition of unusual canal configurations — particularly in cleaning, shaping and obturation. A recent study conducted by the Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics shows the main developmental issue that causes the C-shaped root formation is the failure of the Hertwig’s epithelial root sheath [...]

By | March 28th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments