In case you missed them, here are our top five stories from 2020:
- Simple method used to pull NiTi rotary file stuck in man's tooth
This case report reveals how clinicians successfully removed a 16-mm fragment of a nickel-titanium (NiTi) endodontic instrument that became lodged in a man's tooth during a root canal. The file was removed using a simple rather than a professional extraction method.
- Endodontic trends to watch this decade
Technological advances and better understanding of the tooth and oral cavity continue to make working in the endodontic community exciting. Dr. Diwakar Kinra, an endodontist, offers his views on what endodontics will look like in the new decade and what colleagues need to know about the specialty.
- Case report: Prepping teeth with no water spray or aerosols
The use of aerosol-generating handpieces and ultrasonic devices during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a major challenge for dentistry. Health and regulatory agencies have recommended their use be limited to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Clinicians discuss prepping teeth without the air water spray.
- Elephant gets root canal to alleviate tusk ache
Dentists in India performed a root canal on an elephant that experienced pain from a longtime tusk injury. Prior to the procedure, the elephant had 0.5 kg (about 1.1 lb) of flesh that grew within the fractured tooth removed.
- CBCT reveals 1st reported case of premolar with 5 canals
A cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scan helped identify a fifth canal in the first premolar of a man who was preparing to have a root canal. This is the first reported case of a fifth canal in this type of tooth, according to a case report in BMC Oral Health.
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