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Why do root canals fail?

By Dr. Barry H. Korzen | Posted April 8, 2013

The literature suggests that persistent intraradicular or secondary infections, and in some cases extraradicular infections, are the major causes of failure of both poorly treated and well-treated root canals.

How do you avoid irrigation accidents?

By Dr Ken Serota | Posted April 8, 2013

Irrigation accidents can be avoided by taking simple, but necessary cautions.

Should I Change from Hand Instrumentation to Rotary Instrumentation?

By Dr. Barry H. Korzen | Posted April 16, 2013

Case selection should determine your technique, but read how many of your peers are no longer using hand instrumentation.

Are Antibiotics Required for Routine Dental Work?

By Dr. Barry H. Korzen | Posted April 19, 2013

Long thought to be a necessity, the need for the use of antibiotics for routine dental procedures in persons with joint replacements is no longer recommended.

How should I approach the treatment of a patient with Alzheimer’s Disease?

By Dr. Barry H. Korzen | Posted April 29, 2013

Patients with dementia experience higher rates of oral diseases than healthy persons.

Do Bib Clips Pose a Cross-Contamination Risk at the Dental Clinic?

By Dr. Barry H. Korzen | Posted May 31, 2013

Bacterial load on dental bib clips can vary from practice to practice, and bib clips from orthodontic clinics tend to have a significantly greater bacterial burden than bib clips from endodontic clinics. However, the likelihood that bib clip contamination could affect patient outcomes remains unknown.

Which Diagnostic Pulp Test is Most Accurate?

By Dr. Barry H. Korzen | Posted July 23, 2013

For a diagnostic test to be useful, it is necessary to determine the probability that the test will provide the correct diagnosis. In a paper published in the Journal of Endodontics E. Villa-Chávez et al determined that the highest accuracy (0.94) and reproducibility (0.88) were observed for the cold test.

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