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Are Most Published Research Findings False?

Along with some other enlightening speakers, I just had the pleasure of listening to a full day of lecture material by Dr John Ioannidis. Dr Ioannidis is a leader in the field of Epidemiology and Research Statistics. In 2005 he authored an article entitled, “Why Most Published Research Findings are False”. I’ve read his articles […]

Classifying Cracked Teeth. Operation Complex Part II

CRACKED TEETH: Classification Cracked teeth can be one of the most complex, confusing and frustrating dental problems we face in every day practice. Its estimated in general practice that at least one patient per week presents with symptoms relating to a cracked or fractured tooth.  Accurate diagnosis and correct management are obviously the crucial steps […]

The Lazy Man’s Guide to Persistent Apical Periodontitis

Persistent Apical Periodontitis (AP) refers to AP that is associated with a tooth that has had root canal therapy (RCT).  As with primary AP, bacteria are the most common cause of the inflammatory response (Sudqvist et al. 1998). Previously there has been a large body of evidence that persistent infections are commonly composed of a […]

The Lazy Man’s Guide to the Microbial Causes of Primary Apical Periodontitis

This is a dry topic, so we’ll try to cover it as simply as possible. If you just want the outline, check out the study guide at the end of the blog post. So Microorganisms cause Apical Periodontitis. How do they get into the tooth? Primary apical periodontitis (AP) occurs when microorganisms (let’s call them […]

Persistant Apical Periodontitis

The Lazy Man’s Guide to the Aetiology of Apical Periodontitis

Generally, apical periodontitis (AP) is a result of microorganisms entering the root canal system. Of course there are other causes of inflammation in the apical area, such as trauma, traumatic occlusion and foreign body reactions, but if we’re talking about common AP, then “bugs” are the cause (Abbott 2004, Harn et al. 2001). The classic […]

How to Manage Persistant Endodontic Disease Without Apical Surgery (Now With Three Year Follow-up)

Intentional Reimplantation involves carefully extracting a tooth, performing root end resection and retro fill, and reimplanting the tooth. It is a simple and reliable procedure which can be performed by any dentist and can be used to retain teeth that might otherwise be deemed hopeless. See the Endospot Study Guide to Intentional Reimplantation at the […]