Endodontics Insider: Study finds link between bisphosphonate use and root canal success

Dear Endodontics Insider,

A recent study finds a link between how long patients take bisphosphonate medication and the success of nonsurgical endodontic therapy. Researchers found patients who used zoledronate for less than one year had better outcomes than those who took the drug for longer. Read more in the Insider Exclusive.

In other Endodontic Community news, Corinne Jameson-Kuehl, RDH, writes about relationships between specialists and general practitioners. She gives the example of a general practitioner prepping a tooth for a crown when it fractures at the gumline. As she writes, this an example in which a successful relationship with a specialist makes everyone's practice better. Read more here.

In her latest Sheri's Solutions, Dr. Sheri Doniger relates a patient's referral experience from her office. As she notes, this is one of those times when, if someone is happy, they will tell three people, but if they are unhappy, they will tell 10. Read more here.

Less than half of general dentists always use rubber dental dams during root canal therapy, according to a new study. The finding is concerning because dental dam use increases patient safety and improves the chances of a successful treatment. Learn more here.

Should you repair or replace that restoration? The findings of a new study may help you answer that question. Researchers found that replaced restorations had a lower overall failure rate, but repaired restorations that failed needed less-severe treatment. Read more here.

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