Director University of Florida Gainesville, Florida
Participants should be aware of the following financial/non-financial relationships:
Ove A. Peters, DMD MS PhD: Dentsply Maillefer: Consultant, Grant/Research Support, Honorarium, Other Financial or Material Support
The clinical practice of endodontics has dramatically changed over the last two decades, to a large extent driven by technological advances in canal shaping. This session will examine the evidence-base that practitioners may use in selecting products and strategies needed when performing root canal preparation. The vast majority of publications describe in vitro data, looking into shaping quality, physical properties and debridement effects of various systems. Other studies highlight actual and possible negative outcomes such as instrument fracture and development of dentinal microcracks. In contrast, only limited information is available to demonstrate clinical outcomes as related to canal shaping. Open questions are overall preparation sizes and the connection to antimicrobial efficacy and long-term retention. In summary, this session will present researchers and clinicians with a comprehensive review of present technology and perhaps an outlook towards future developments in this area.
List in detail design features and testing results of current canal preparation instruments and technique.
Describe evidence for possible and actual negative outcomes in root canal shaping.
Differentiate and critically evaluate evidence for clinical selection of canal shaping modalities.