Endodontics
How to avoid endodontic pitfalls -- a road map to success
January 12, 2021 -- Endodontic procedures don't have to be worrisome. They can not only be rewarding but also become a profit center to build your practice, writes Dr. Allen Deutsch. In this article, he navigates readers around potential issues with root canal treatments and guides them down the road to greater success with endodontic procedures.  Discuss
CBCT reveals 1st reported case of premolar with 5 canals
September 29, 2020 -- A cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scan helped identify a fifth canal in the first premolar of a man who was undergoing a root canal. This is the first reported case of a fifth canal in this type of tooth, according to a case report published on September 10 in BMC Oral Health.  Discuss
Dentsply Sirona, AADR honor students with 2020 SCADA awards
June 9, 2020 -- Dentsply Sirona and the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) have announced the 2020 winners of the Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and its Application (SCADA) awards.
Solving the mystery of tooth pain from afar
April 23, 2020 -- Showing how working together from afar can happen in today’s COVID-19 environment, Dr. Alvin Danenberg discusses a recent case where a patient found him over the internet and they worked together to solve the source of the patient's pain and inflammation.  Discuss
Elephant gets root canal to alleviate tusk ache
March 20, 2020 -- An elephant in India has undergone a root canal to relieve pain from a longtime tusk injury. The elephant had 0.5 kg of flesh that grew within the fractured tooth removed prior to the procedure, according to news reports.  Discuss
Misinformation about root canals still lives on social media
November 19, 2019 -- A film that revived junk science, claiming root canals cause serious illnesses like cancer, was removed from streaming platforms this past spring after backlash from the dental community, but it continues to live on social media, according to Poynter Institute's nonprofit project PolitiFact.  Discuss
Is a root canal scarier than spiders?
October 30, 2019 -- How much do you fear a root canal? A majority of adults are more afraid of this procedure than spiders, according to the results of a new survey from the American Association of Endodontists.
Patient death after root canal investigated in Wash.
September 26, 2019 -- The Washington State Department of Health is investigating the death of a woman who died after undergoing a root canal at an endodontic practice in Vancouver, WA.
Talking to your patients about implants or a root canal
September 23, 2019 -- Should your patient get an implant or a root canal? Dr. Edward Harsini notes that this is a difficult conversation to have with a patient and requires the dentist to have an answer that incorporates both the patient's investment and medical history perspectives. An implant isn't always the right answer.  Discuss
Review focuses on avoiding discoloration after regeneration
August 16, 2019 -- Regenerative endodontic procedures such as root canal revitalization can be successful, but tooth discoloration caused by the materials used may occur. Researchers reviewed the literature to see which materials could cause tooth discoloration and how to successfully avoid this issue.  Discuss
Hot Topic
Getting to the root of dentinal defects

Do newer instruments for preparing root canals induce small dentinal defects that can lead to root fractures, or have improvements in nickel titanium alloys alleviated this potential problem? Since the evidence is unclear, a new study used microcomputed tomography to analyze dentinal defects in root canals prepared with various instruments. Read more.