Cracked Teeth: A Modern Epidemic?

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CE Hours: 1.75

Description: Cracked teeth are becoming a more common problem for patients in the last several decades and yet the lack of evidence-based information on this clinical entity leaves clinicians with no reliable preventive or treatment options. With the Covid-19 pandemic possibly worsening the situation, is this a developing public oral health problem that rivals caries and periodontal disease in its destructive effects on the teeth? This presentation will highlight the nature and possible origins of cracked teeth and preventive strategies to help reduce its incidence. Diagnostic and potential treatment protocols will be discussed to help the clinician to decide whether or not to proceed with treatment of cracked teeth.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Define the clinical and radiographic signs and symptoms of cracked teeth in order to develop a diagnosis and prognosis for the patient
  • Improve their understanding about the lack of good evidence for determining the epidemiology and etiology of cracked teeth and the need for more research in this critical area.
  • Develop strategies for prevention and treatment of cracked teeth


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5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
1.75 CE credits  |  Certificate available
1.75 CE credits  |  Certificate available

Robert Roda, D.D.S., M.S.

Dr. Robert Roda runs a private endodontic practice in Scottsdale, Ariz., and is a visiting lecturer at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health.

An AAE member since 1991, Dr. Roda is a past-president and currently serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Endodontics. He has previously served on multiple committees at the AAE. He has also served on the AAE Foundation board of trustees and scientific advisory board, and he became a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics in 1998.

In addition to his leadership in the AAE, Dr. Roda is an endodontic consultant with the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners, past-president of the Arizona Dental Association and previously held positions within the American Dental Association. Dr. Roda is a noted speaker on endodontics and has co-authored the chapter on non-surgical retreatment in the current edition of Pathways of the Pulp.

Dr. Roda received his D.D.S. from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and his M.S. in oral biology and Certificate in Endodontics from Baylor College of Dentistry.

Speaker Disclosure: 

in accordance with this policy, I declare I have a past or present proprietary or relevant financial relationship or receive gifts in kind (including soft intangible remuneration), consulting position or affiliation, or other personal interest of any nature or kind in any product, service, course and/or company, or in any firm beneficially associated therewith, as indicated: (Financial Relationship: CHD Bioscience and Dentsply Endodontics)