Clinical Professor University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan
Participants should be aware of the following financial/non-financial relationships:
Anibal Diogenes, D.D.S., PhD: I do not have any relevant financial / non-financial relationships with any proprietary interests.
Tatiana Botero, MS: I do not have any relevant financial / non-financial relationships with any proprietary interests.
Regenerative endodontics represents a paradigm shift with the primary goal of preservation or reestablishment of homeostatic physiological pulp functions. An inflamed dental pulp has been thought to be incapable of healing. This dogma is even reflected in the diagnostic term: “irreversible pulpitis”. Also, pulp necrosis has been a condition that required root canal spaces to be filled with inert materials to prevent growth of microorganisms. Unfortunately, obturation also prevents the growth of patients own living tissues that could bring back important physiological functions lost due to partial or total pulp necrosis. Advancements in biological understanding, techniques and materials have made regenerative endodontic procedures (vital pulp therapies and revitalization) alternatives to teeth requiring non-surgical endodontic treatment. In this lecture, the application of regenerative endodontic approaches will be discussed in light of real clinical scenarios, presenting the advantages and disadvantages of these procedures and their possible pitfalls while contrasting with what is well-known in more “traditional” non-surgical endodontic therapies.
Explain what regenerative endodontic procedures are.
Recognize the advantages and disadvantages of regenerative endodontic procedures.
Discuss and support clinical decisions with evidence, but also consider patients' expectations and restorative needs.