Bioceramic Materials Redefine Endodontics

Advances with bioceramic materials in endodontic treatment now allow for new treatment choices and improvements in long-term success for endodontic patients. These materials possess extraordinary properties and use minimally invasive techniques, mainly with regard to the function of obturation, which is generally considered the weak link in the treatment process of sealing the canal. [...]

By | March 13th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

What is Regenerative Endodontics?

Regenerative Endodontics (RE) is a breakthrough development in endodontics based on principles of regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. Historically, long-term calcium hydroxide treatment or mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA) was used to induce apexification of the immature tooth with pulpal necrosis before placing an obturation material in the root canal system. However, neither apexification treatment [...]

By | February 26th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

3D-Printed Dental Objects That Kill Microbes

The journal of Advanced Functional Materials recently published a report about the development of a 3D-printing application that can create an antimicrobial substrate for various dental applications. While 3D-printed objects are routinely created for a variety of clinical dental procedures, this innovation to add antimicrobial components to those printed objects may be a game [...]

By | January 31st, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Enhancing Endodontic Treatment Through Preoperative Planning

It is not unusual for a full-time endodontic practice to devote up to 80% of its time to the retreatment of failed cases handled initially by general practitioners. A recent article in the Journal of Endodontics concluded the following sources of case failure noted during microscopic retreatment. The most common failure was due to [...]

By | January 18th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Genetics-Based Risk Assessment for Personalized Dental Care

A study conducted by Interleukin Genetics, Inc. gives new insights into the prevention of adult periodontal disease. The clinical application of risk-based genetic assessment represents a significant advancement in the personalized delivery of preventive dental care. Personalized prevention evaluations are possible based on an identifiable genetic marker, IL-1, which research indicates predisposes patients to [...]

By | January 8th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Dental Operating Microscopes in Endodontics

Surgical and non-surgical endodontics has been completely transformed by the use of illuminated dental microscopes in clinical procedures. For many years, surgical burs and amalgam for root-end fillings were the standard of care. Now with the incorporation of the operating microscope, and also the endoscope, along with the use of ultrasonic tips and biocompatible [...]

By | December 29th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Which Dental Materials Conflict with the Use of MRI?

A growing body of research has demonstrated the potential for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in clinical dentistry, including endodontics, prosthodontics, and orthodontics. Yet there has been little analysis of how dental materials in a patient's mouth may affect the end result, according to a new study in Dentomaxillofacial Radiology. Contradictory results have been reported [...]

By | December 6th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Bioengineers Find Novel Strategy for Pulp Regeneration

A recent study in the journal Scientific Reports describes a novel strategy proposed for endodontic pulp regeneration, which builds on previous research on larger vascular structures, to fabricate artificial capillaries for adaptation to endodontic dental procedures. Bioengineer researchers at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), inspired by advances in 3D technology, developed a [...]

By | December 1st, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Advances in Endodontics: A Quick View

Endodontics has experienced a rapid and extensive development of technical evolution over the last two decades. Here are just a few of the advancements we’ve seen: 1. Endodontic Imaging The shift from analog to digital continues as choices for digital imaging increase and costs decrease, especially for computed radiography. The advantages of digital imaging [...]

By | November 14th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Myths About Antibiotic Use in Endodontics

The American Association of Endodontists (AAE) cites ever-increasing evidence from current literature of antibiotic resistance in endodontic infections. According to recent studies, a generalized 44-fold increase in the prevalence of MRSA strains and a six-fold increase in the number of strains resistant to multiple antibiotics have prompted dental providers to examine some long-held traditions [...]

By | October 13th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments