May 2010 Newsletter

In mid April 2010, a copy of an excellent publication by the American Association of Endodontists entitled Endodontics: Colleagues for Excellence was mailed to each member of the American Dental Association.  This Spring 2010 issue of the newsletter included superb instruction with excellent images describing proper access preparation and identification of the orifice of root canal systemsAny dentist who performs endodontic treatment, whether experienced or novice, would likely benefit from careful study of this short newsletter.  I encourage you to learn and practice by the various anatomic laws specified in the newsletter that will empower you to accurately locate root canal systems.  In the event you no longer have a copy, the newsletter and some related information can be accessed free of charge at Continue reading

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April 2010 Newsletter

One of the greatest challenges and opportunities we face in dentistry is ensuring that the treatment we render is based on principles derived from the best available evidence to promote optimal outcomes for our patients.  Sorting through mounds of new information to find clinically relevant principles can be truly daunting.  As an endodontist in your area, I write you to highlight some of the most clinically-relevant findings from articles recently published in the Journal of Endodontics.  You can view the full-length articles online at by selecting the link to the Journal of Endodontics if you desire more specific information.  I encourage you to use the information from this and future newsletters to continually refine your treatment methods to provide your patients with outstanding endodontic treatment.  Please call me if you have any questions regarding this material or any other endodontic topic. Continue reading

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AAE Dx Terminology

Happy New Year! For several decades, diagnostic terminology used in endodontics has varied widely with numerous diagnostic terms promulgated by different educational institutions. Lack of standardization of diagnostic terms creates difficulty and confusion when communicating with colleagues and patients regarding endodontic conditions. Many diagnostic terms currently in use are histologically-based even though poor correlation exists between clinical symptoms and pulpal histopathology. Continue reading

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