• April 2015 •

From the Endodontic Offices of Musikant, Kase, Dukoff, Kim & Daghighi

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Single-Visit Versus Multiple-Visit Endodontics - CE Credit

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Barry L. Musikant, D.M.D., F.A.C.D.
My attitude regarding single-visit versus multiple-visit endodontics has changed over the years. When I was younger, I equated my capabilities with speed. I wanted a well-tapered preparation. This was well before the introduction of rotating NiTi, so the tapers we take for granted today were mainly achieved, at least in the coronal half of the root, with various sized Peeso Reamers or Gates-Gliddens.

Endodontics: Procedures That Finally Make Sense - CE Credit

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Barry L. Musikant, D.M.D., F.A.C.D.

We Are Better than We Think We Are

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Amy Dukoff, D.M.D.
As active dental practitioners, we are an amazing group of skilled professionals. As such, we should be regarded with well-deserved recognition. Yet the anonymous public is quick to criticize dentists. Faceless bloggers proudly proclaim themselves experts, fully-qualified to evaluate our abilities in our own profession. Online reviewers revel in their power to control other businesses by exploiting people’s insecurity. In this internet-driven economy, one negative word, however dubious the source, can sully the good name of the most conscientious, skilled professional. Sadly, even the best of us can lose sight of our own value in the face of such unfair criticism.

Severely Curved Molar Instrumentation and Obturation

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Kian Daghighi, D.D.S.
Root canal treatment can be quite challenging when it comes to curved canals. The following are the most significant challenges related to root canal treatment in severely curved canals:
  • Negotiating the canal
  • Avoiding transportation
  • Avoiding instrument breakage
  • Three Dimensional Obturation

Hopeless Case?

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Sara Kim, D.M.D.
A 31-year old patient came to me for consultation on teeth #7 and #8. He told me that he had been in an accident as a boy that had resulted in emergency root canal treatment on both teeth. He reported no present pain or discomfort, but a periapical x-ray (Figure 1) revealed poorly filled root canal treatments with a large periapical radiolucency. I gave him a guarded prognosis, explaining that, even after retreatment, he may require apicoectomies in the future.