Endodontics
Misinformation about root canals still lives on social media
November 19, 2019 -- A film that revived junk science, claiming root canals cause serious illnesses like cancer, was removed from streaming platforms this past spring after backlash from the dental community, but it continues to live on social media, according to Poynter Institute's nonprofit project PolitiFact.  Discuss
Is a root canal scarier than spiders?
October 30, 2019 -- How much do you fear a root canal? A majority of adults are more afraid of this procedure than spiders, according to the results of a new survey from the American Association of Endodontists.
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
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
Can autofluorescence find bacterial contamination in root fractures?
July 17, 2019 -- When looking for root fractures, conventional scanning methods may miss crucial clinical information. Researchers wanted to see if a fluorescence camera could measure the depth of these fractures and any bacterial presence in extracted mandibular second molars.  Discuss
For patients, root canals are like pulling teeth
July 15, 2019 -- What's the worst dental procedure? It may not be root canals. The treatment faired about the same as extractions and prosthodontic services in a recent study examining oral health-related quality of life.  Discuss
How strong are the antimicrobial effects of endo sealers?
July 1, 2019 -- The antimicrobial activity of endodontic sealers can be important to the outcome of root canal treatment, but the amount of information available on their antimicrobial abilities varies. To learn more, investigators evaluated four sealers using two testing methods and found antimicrobial activity in three of them.  Discuss
Study tests imaging modalities' accuracy on root canal anatomy
May 15, 2019 -- Correctly identifying the anatomy of a root canal is crucial for successful endodontic therapy. Researchers tested cone-beam CT and periapical radiography to see if either was more accurate than microcomputed tomography. They reported that practitioners should be aware of each modality's limitations.  Discuss
Can MRI compete with CBCT to identify tooth fractures?
May 10, 2019 -- While magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is often used for injuries of the knee and other body parts, researchers wanted to see if recent improvements in the modality meant it could be used to identify root cracks and fractures in teeth. They compared it with cone-beam CT (CBCT) to find out.  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.

Conferences
Yankee Dental Congress 2020
Jan. 30 - Feb. 1, 2020
Boston, Massachusetts United States