Endodontics Insider: How to improve numbness in irreversible pulpitis patients

Dear Endodontics Insider,

Patients with irreversible pulpitis may experience greater anesthetic effectiveness from inferior alveolar nerve blocks if they are given anti-inflammatories prior to endodontic treatment, according to a study published on February 2 in the Journal of Endodontics. Read more in our Insider Exclusive.

Also, in our Endodontics Community, a researcher with the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in New York will investigate a potential biomarker supporting the success of vital pulp therapy, which is an alternative, less invasive treatment than a root canal.

In other news, patients report they would go to stunning lengths to avoid root canal therapy. Patients said they would temporarily give up social media or let doctors get a look at their large intestines to avoid an endodontic procedure, according to a recent survey.

Did you know the percentage of children undergoing pulpotomies and pulpectomies dropped from 2010 to 2020? Teaching changes in pulpal therapy guidelines may have led to the decline, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

Finally, an appeals court in Colorado recently dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed against a dental patient who wrote negative online reviews about the root canal therapy she received from an endodontist, according to court records. The patient posted one-star reviews on Yelp and Google Reviews about her experience. The endodontist's practice sued the patient for defamation and trade disparagement.

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