Endodontics Insider: Are your patients at infection risk after root canal?

Dear Endodontics Insider,

When you perform a root canal, do you worry about your patient being at risk for a systemic disease such as infective endocarditis or even a stroke because of infection after the procedure? According to a new study, it's a concern, but there are ways to minimize the risk. Read our Insider Exclusive.

In other Endodontics Community news, dental tourism has been expanding, especially for pricey procedures such as implants and root canals. Patients say they've received good care and saved thousands on expensive dental treatment by traveling abroad, but the ADA warns it could end up costing patients more if problems arise later. Read Features Editor Donna Domino's article here.

A newly developed resin core material appears to be stronger than existing dual-cure composites, according to a study in Dental Materials Journal. The material showed sufficient bond strength with both light and dark curing. Read Assistant Editor Theresa Pablos' article here.

A team of U.K. and U.S. researchers is developing synthetic biomaterials that support native stem cells for regenerative dental fillings. These biomaterials can be put into direct contact with pulp tissue to stimulate the native stem cell population for repair and regeneration of pulp tissue and the surrounding dentin. Read more here.

CHX Technologies announced it would seek U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval in 2017 for the company's topical, prescription tooth coating to prevent dental decay. The coating, called Prevora, is applied by a dental professional to adult teeth at risk for cavities, extractions, root canal, and more. Find out more here.

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