Endodontic case study: back to the basics

By Anthony T. Borgia, DDS, MHA

All too often, many dentists in private practice lose sight of their basic sciences training and begin to base the rationale for their clinical procedures on old ideas, recommendations from dental sales representatives, or simple misunderstandings. Some treatment modalities are performed without thought, but rather are based on some continuing education course taken, whose main intention is to demonstrate a procedure purported to be “faster, cheaper, easier” and to increase production (and therefore income). This is particularly true in the specialty of endodontics where scientific concepts quickly fall victim to the “latest and greatest” craze that is usually unfounded in the scientific literature.

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