Endodontics
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
Hu-Friedy adds new line of forceps
September 3, 2019 -- Hu-Friedy has released its new line of forceps for atraumatic tooth extraction.
Komet partners with UNC to develop new dental tools
August 30, 2019 -- Komet USA and the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry have signed a research agreement with the goal of developing dental rotary products that improve patient experiences.
AZ endodontist under review for online feud with patient
August 27, 2019 -- The Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners is reviewing whether a Phoenix endodontist violated professional standards and a patient's privacy by responding to a negative Yelp review.
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
Study compares imaging modalities for microcrack detection
August 9, 2019 -- When trying to locate microcracks on root dentin after root canal prep, is microcomputed tomography or cone-beam CT a more effective imaging modality? Researchers scanned 30 molars to find out.  Discuss
Virtual reality may help treat dental fear
August 7, 2019 -- Virtual reality (VR) may help patients with severe dental fear or dental phobia. Exposure to a virtual dentist and clinic can reduce dental anxiety and lead to treatment completion, according to a new study.  Discuss
Metals top list of common allergens at the dental office
August 2, 2019 -- Which dental materials are responsible for the most contact allergies? Researchers looked at patient data and found metals topped the list, but other common culprits included composites and cosmetic materials.  Discuss
Study: Practitioners underrate patients' dental anxiety
July 23, 2019 -- How good are you at telling if a patient has dental anxiety? Maybe not as good as you think, as a new study found that dental practitioners rated poorly in their ability to determine a patient's dental anxiety.  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.

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