Cracked Teeth

Today, people are extending the optimal health of their teeth thanks to advances in dental procedures. At the same time, people are also exposing their teeth to many more years of crack-inducing habits and stress. Cracked teeth are becoming increasingly more common, yet these teeth can often be saved if treated promptly.

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OnNovember 2, 2012, posted in: News for Patients by


Bacterial Flora and Extraradicular Biofilm Associated with the Apical Segment of Teeth with Post-Treatment Apical Periodontitis

Many investigators (Nair, Sequeira) have demonstrated that most root canal failures are caused by viable bacteria and their by-products, which survive following endodontic treatment. Recent studies (Yang, Yu) have indicated that bacteria can migrate from an infected canal and colonize micro-resorptive areas in the external aspect of the root in proximity to the apical foramina. …

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OnOctober 30, 2012, posted in: News for Doctors by

Five-Year Longitudinal Assessment of the Prognosis of Apical Microsurgery

Endodontic treatment may be one of the most challenging of the dental disciplines. Root canals systems (RCS) are extremely complex and highly variable within the human population. Microbiologic techniques to date have identified over 750 different bacteria involved in the development of apical periodontitis. However, at electron microscopic levels of inspection, …

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OnMarch 30, 2012, posted in: News for Doctors by

Long Term Survival of Indirect Pulp Treatment in Immature Teeth with Deep Carious Lesions

There is increasing pressure from the public to remove fluoridation from public water systems and reluctance of many young parents to provide their children with fluoride supplements or appropriate radiographs due to perceived health concerns. The irony of this is that many of the same people leading the anti-fluoridation movements are themselves caries-free as a …

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OnOctober 6, 2011, posted in: News for Doctors by

The Effect of NSAID Premedication on the Success of Inferior Alveolar Nerve Block in Pulpitic Teeth Prior to Endodontics

Pain control at the outset of endodontic treatment is critical and makes both the patient and dentist confident and comfortable for the remainder of the treatment. Maxillary teeth are the easiest teeth to achieve profound anaesthesia and rarely test our anaesthetic skills. Mandibular teeth, especially mandibular molars with irreversible pulpitis, are …

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OnJune 30, 2011, posted in: News for Doctors by

Passive vs Sonic Assisted Irrigation–Effect on Smear Layer

The ultimate goal of endodontics is to eliminate the bacterial bio-load in the complex root canal system, especially in the critical apical one-third. We achieve this objective by a combination of instrument-based mechanical preparation and chemical irrigation of the prepared root canal system.
Sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl), at a concentration of 3% …

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OnApril 30, 2011, posted in: News for Doctors by

Apexification With MTA

When teeth with immature roots suffer pulpal necrosis, the formation of dentin stops and root development ceases. As a result, the canals remain wide with thin dentin walls and a large apical opening. Often, the root canal system has an inverse architecture with the apical diameter significantly wider than the coronal diameter.This blunderbuss shape …

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OnNovember 30, 2010, posted in: News for Doctors by

Outcome Comparisons between Implants and Endodontically Treated Teeth

Implants and endodontics are both highly predictable procedures. It is difficult, however, to make objective comparisons between the procedures because the factors associated with success and failures are different. For example, the majority of endodontic outcome studies use complete bony healing and absence of symptoms as their criteria for success, while implant success is often …

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OnOctober 6, 2010, posted in: News for Doctors by

Resin Root Canal Fillings: Fact or Fiction

In 2005, the first new, non-gutta percha (GP) root filling material in 50 years was launched. The manufacturers of Resilon, a synthetic resin root filling material, claimed to have significantly better sealing ability than gutta percha. The concept behind Resilon was the desirability of bonding the resin point to a resin sealer, which in turn …

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OnJune 6, 2009, posted in: News for Doctors by

So What’s the Deal with Resilon?

Rightly or wrongly this is currently the standard of care. It is easy to work with. Biocompatible, has a long proven track record and it’s economical to use. Modern warm compacted GP techniques are very effective. When combined with ZOE based or AH+sealers GP obturation it presents a very …

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OnNovember 6, 2008, posted in: News for Doctors by