Review: Is there an ideal material for apical sealing?
January 13, 2017 -- While hundreds of studies have documented the safety and efficacy of filling materials most often used for apical sealing, researchers from China undertook a literature review to weigh the evidence behind the materials and see if one were ideal. Their conclusions highlight the need for rigorous research and follow-up.
Top 5 news stories from 2016
December 30, 2016 -- takes a look back at the most-read news and clinical articles from 2016, as measured by page views. Popular topics included a lawsuit against three of the dental industry's largest companies, and the continued support for flossing by dental groups after the release of a critical report.
Biomarkers show promise for pulpitis diagnosis
December 21, 2016 -- The use of pulpal biomarkers may be instrumental in developing a more accurate and biologically based diagnostic tool in endodontics, according to a new study on the presence of these biomarkers in pulpitis. However, before that can happen, biomarkers that reliably correlate with pulpal inflammation must be identified, and sample collection and analysis must be improved, the authors noted.
Sonendo gets $35M in equity financing
December 13, 2016 -- Endodontic technology developer Sonendo has received $35 million in equity financing. Dental Excellence Awards 2016 finalists
December 12, 2016 -- is pleased to announce the finalists chosen by our readers for the 2016 Dental Excellence Awards. We want to thank the hundreds of readers who participated in the voting.
Are flare-ups likely after single-sitting root canal?
November 22, 2016 -- As single-sitting root canal treatments are becoming more common, an issue with this procedure is the occurrence of endodontic flare-ups afterward. Researchers from India studied 200 patients divided by age group to see how often these patients experienced endodontic flare-ups after root canal.
8 possible causes of your patient's jaw pain
November 16, 2016 -- A patient calls your practice and makes an appointment citing jaw pain. As periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg notes, sometimes reducing a patient's pain is a matter of using your communication skills, training, and expertise. In other instances, he advocates considering causes beyond a patient's mouth.
Tooth wear screening tools fall short, new study finds
November 16, 2016 -- Which tooth wear evaluation tool works best? None, according to a new study. Researchers found that the four most common systems to categorize erosion all fall short of the requirements needed to be universally used in dental practice and research.
Dental Excellence Award nominating ending soon
November 11, 2016 -- Join hundreds of your peers and colleagues in participating in the nominations process for the 2016 Dental Excellence Awards. You only have until midnight on November 18 to make your voice heard and help honor researchers, companies, educators, and institutions that make dentistry stand out.
The new-product roundup from
November 7, 2016 -- Over the last month, companies have introduced a nasal anesthetic, a scanner, a handpiece, toothpastes, loupes, and more. Here's a look at the latest new products recently launched from St. Renatus, Brasseler USA, 3M, and others.
Hot Topic
Researchers use laser to trigger stem cells to form dentin

A multidisciplinary research team has become the first to use a low-power laser to trigger stem cells to regenerate tissue. The researchers were able to trigger dental stem cells to form dentin, and published their findings in Science Translational Medicine. Read more.

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