Dear Endodontics Insider,
Root canals can rob teeth of their natural biological response when infected tissue is replaced with synthetic biomaterials. To combat this problem, an international team of researchers has developed a method -- inspired by 3D printing technology -- for engineering prevascularized dental pulp that could be used in root canals of the future. Find out more in the Insider Exclusive.
In other Endodontics Community news, a pair of new studies has compared rotary and reciprocating instruments to determine which produces less pain for patients after endodontic treatment. The researchers of the first study performed a meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials to provide a definitive answer. Read more here.
The second study focused on endodontic retreatment and whether the use of a rotary or reciprocating instrumentation system affects patients' postoperative pain. Read more here. You can also get continuing education credits for this article here.
Some patients and dental practitioners favor the use of nonnarcotic analgesics or opioid alternatives for treating postoperative endodontic pain, but studies on their effectiveness for this indication have been conflicting. However, a new review suggests that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen are potent options. Learn more here.
Also in the Endodontics Community, you'll find the following recent industry news:
- The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has awarded Louisiana State University $2.5 million to develop improved restorations.
- The American Association of Endodontists has released a new patient video.
- Komet USA has added course-grit diamonds to its ZR Diamonds line.
- Young Innovations has acquired American Eagle Instruments.