When caries reaches within 0.5 mm of the pulp, the immune system responds to the bacterial advance by recruiting inflammatory cells. These inflamma-tory cells migrate to the dental pulp, typically resulting in irreversible pulpitis, at which point nonsurgical endodontic therapy is the preferred treatment. But achieving an accept-able level of anesthesia in these [...]
Forming a proper endodontic diagnosis requires taking a patient’s medical and dental history, a thorough inspection and the use of clinical examination methods, such as pulp vitality and mobility testing, along with palpation and percussion. In this process, no indicator is as valuable as the results of percussion testing. Eliciting a response from [...]
The frequently used decayed, missing or filled tooth (DMFT) index provides accurate infor-mation to epidemiologists about the incidence of caries, tooth loss and tooth restorations. Unfortunately, the DMFT index provides no information on the pulpal and periapical status of teeth, limiting its applicability to endodontic treatment needs. One index used to categorize the [...]
Diagnosing cracked teeth is often not a simple decision, and no efficient clinical methods exist to predict their prognosis. This problem is exacerbated in cracked teeth that require root canal treatment before restorative procedures are undertaken, such as the placement of crowns. But little reported evidence-based information exists regarding the prognosis and survival [...]
Happy New Year! We hope you and your families had a peaceful holiday and are staying safe and doing well. We say good-bye to year 2020 in a bittersweet farewell. Our hearts go out to all those who have been affected by the virus. We welcome the new year that lies ahead as a [...]
Christmas season provides a sign of hope. Let us find joy in putting together a different kind of holiday this year. It may not be the same but by creating some of those feelings, we can still capture the holiday spirit although it is going to look different than the traditional celebration. Over these [...]
Dear Colleagues, These past few months have affected the lives of everyone. Thanksgiving is a great time to express our gratitude to all of you who have been very supportive through this collective experience. The dynamics have changed, and we were forced to modify our systems and have adapted to a new norm. This [...]
What to expect at your next dental appointment, before, during, and after. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot of things about our day-to-day lives, including dental appointments. Your health and safety are as important to us as they are to you. Every concern you've had, we've had too.
Dear symposium participant, Thank you for your registration to the Inaugural John I. Ingle International Endodontic Symposium Live Online, November 13-14, 2020. We have an exciting program and look forward to interacting with you at the symposium next month. The lecture schedule and other information can be found at www.endosympoium.com. You can also email [...]
The Relationship Between Missed Canals and Periapical Lesions. An overlooked canal can have a serious effect on an endodontically treated tooth, serving as a potential reservoir for microorganisms that may lead to persistent apical periodontitis.