Specialist Questions

Category: Success Rate 2

For Direct Pulp Capping, do you recommend using MTA or Calcium Hydroxide?

By Dr. Barry H. Korzen | Posted October 7, 2014

Even though Calcium Hydroxide (CH) has historically been the pulp capping agent of choice, in an excellent paper published on the Journal of Endodontics’ website on September 14, 2014 Mente et al addresses this question. Their paper reports on a controlled, historic cohort study project where potential prognostic factors were evaluated.

How successful is endodontic surgery?

By Dr. Barry H. Korzen | Posted August 8, 2014

With all the advertising being done by implant companies directed at our patients, it is becoming more difficult to convince them to undergo endodontic surgery when initial orthograde treatment fails and retreatment is impossible or impractical. What evidence-based material can I use to balance the information they are reading in their magazines?

If CBCT has an impact on endodontic diagnosis, does it have a similar impact on treatment planning & treatment outcome?

By Dr. Barry H. Korzen | Posted October 6, 2013

The successful outcome of all dental treatment, not only endodontic, is dependent on many variables; however, the cornerstone to achieving success will always be the proper treatment plan based on an accurate diagnosis. The use of CBCT is a further enhancement in the dentist’s armamentarium to potentially improve the success rate for any treatment carried out.

I currently use magnifying loupes when performing endodontic surgery. Will my success rate improve significantly if I start to use a microscope?

By Dr. Barry H. Korzen | Posted September 12, 2013

Will your success rate improve if you switch to a microscope? All other factors being equal, likely not significantly. But will the microscope enhance your clinical experience? Definately yes.