•Recently, the field of endodontics witnessed a biological revolution: there is a better understanding of the important role played by biomaterials in endodontics which allow unprecedented healing to happen.
We are all familiar with the expression "Chicken soup…may not help but wouldn't hurt". Endodontists have become alarmed with the tendency for referring dentists to prescribe antibiotics, like chicken soup, without understanding their proper usage.
It has been said that endodontics is like making love - no two people do it exactly the same way - each of us has a technique that obtains our desired end result. There may be some generalized concepts that are shared with regards to instrumentation and obturation but the variations are many.
Unlike general practice, where the clinician’s main concern focuses on the patient, successful specialty practice demands that both the patient and the referring dentist must be satisfied. Good communication and proper patient preparation are the keys to maintaining a successful referral relationship. Yes, that sometimes involves using the Specialist to “bail you out”. But try to make it as easy as possible for him by following his recommendations, providing good patient information and restoring the tooth promptly.
In order for Dentistry to remain a profession, the health care professional must not merely "fix things". How many of us are stuck in the rut of "finding something to do today on this patient that their insurance company will pay for?"
It is estimated that 80 % of patients who present in the dentist office with emergency symptoms have endodontically related pain. These patients can either be regarded by the dentist as an unwelcome interruption in the day or as an opportunity to expand the practice. Regardless of whether you perform complete endodontic treatment yourself, the title DDS or DMD means that at a minimum (in most cases), you should be able to provide emergency procedures that provide relief of the patient's localized acute symptoms. There are always exceptions to the rule and for these patients; referral for a second opinion is sometimes an option.
Endodontic Practice US is now recognized as one of the world’s leading endodontic journals providing an international perspective with up to the minute news and views from opinion leading endodontists from around the world. Clinical articles in Endodontic Practice US are peer reviewed in accordance with the uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals.
The Journal of Endodontics, the official journal of the American Association of Endodontists, publishes scientific articles, case reports and comparison studies evaluating materials and methods of pulp conservation and endodontic treatment. Endodontists and general dentists can learn about new concepts in root canal treatment and the latest advances in techniques and instrumentation in the one journal that helps them keep pace with rapid changes in this field.
The American Association of Endodontists is a global resource for knowledge, research and education for the profession, members and the public. Endodontists are specialists in saving teeth, committed to helping you maintain your smile for a lifetime. They partner with your dentist to deliver optimal dental patient care.