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Oral Cancer Detection by Dentists is Significantly on the Rise

Large sets of clinical data gathered over an 11-year period in Ontario, Canada, show dentists are detecting more cases of pre-cancer and oral cancer than in previous studies. Recently published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, lead author and dentist-scientist Dr. Marco Magalhaes of the University of Toronto, looked at 63,483 biopsies submitted [...]

By | December 6th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Comparison of Technologies for Removing Filling Material

Nonsurgical root canal retreatment is frequently successful. A vital factor for success depends on the complete elimination of the original root canal filling material beginning with various filing procedures. Yet endodontic tools initially designed for shaping fall short of total elimination of material debris within the canal. A new study conducted by Dr. Marc Krikor Kaloustian [...]

By | November 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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