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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

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