Endodontics
Virtual reality may help treat dental fear
August 7, 2019 -- Virtual reality (VR) may help patients with severe dental fear or dental phobia. Exposure to a virtual dentist and clinic can reduce dental anxiety and lead to treatment completion, according to a new study.  Discuss
Metals top list of common allergens at the dental office
August 2, 2019 -- Which dental materials are responsible for the most contact allergies? Researchers looked at patient data and found metals topped the list, but other common culprits included composites and cosmetic materials.  Discuss
Study: Practitioners underrate patients' dental anxiety
July 23, 2019 -- How good are you at telling if a patient has dental anxiety? Maybe not as good as you think, as a new study found that dental practitioners rated poorly in their ability to determine a patient's dental anxiety.  Discuss
KaVo Kerr launches handpiece repair service
July 23, 2019 -- KaVo Kerr has launched the KaVo Care handpiece repair service.
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
New product: A-dec debuts chair and delivery system
June 5, 2019 -- Dental equipment company A-dec has launched a new chair and delivery system.
New product: Ultradent adds new curing light
May 28, 2019 -- Ultradent Products has introduced its new Valo Grand Corded curing light.
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
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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.