AAE Online CE
NS-6 Understanding and Diagnosing Pulp, Root Canal and Periradicular Conditions
CE Credit: 1.0
There is no doubt that a thorough understanding of disease processes is essential for all health care providers if they are to effectively manage patients’ problems. Unfortunately, pulp, root canal and periradicular conditions are not well understood. This is largely due to poor, inconsistent terminology, which in itself demonstrates the lack of understanding of the conditions. Once the diseases are understood, the diagnostic process becomes more meaningful and easier. The diagnosis still requires a thorough examination with the application of all relevant diagnostic tests, plus an understanding of what the tests are telling us. In particular, pulp sensibility tests are often not adequately utilized and so important information may not be available to establish the diagnosis. This presentation will provide a simple overview of disease processes with emphasis on the symptoms and clinical signs that lead to the correct and meaningful diagnosis. Guidelines for effective and reliable diagnostic testing under different circumstances will also be outlined since the best test depends on what you are trying to diagnose.
At the conclusion, participants should be able to:
- Discuss where we are now in terms of endodontic disinfection.
- Recognize the difficulties to attain proper disinfection of the root canal system.
- Recognize the possibilities to combat infection, including ultrasonic and laser activation of irrigants and the use of nanoparticles.
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Paul V. Abbott, B.D.Sc., M.D.S., FRACDS(Endo)
Prof. Paul Abbott is the Winthrop Professor of Clinical Dentistry at The University of Western Australia where he co-ordinates and teaches both the undergraduate and postgraduate endodontic programmes. From 1986-2002, Prof. Abbott worked mainly in private specialist Endodontic practice with part-time university appointments. In 2003, he was appointed Dean of the School of Dentistry and Director of the Oral Health Centre of WA, positions he held until 2009. From 2010-2012, he was Director of Postgraduate Studies and Research. Now he concentrates on teaching and research, as well as working part-time in private practice. He has presented over 650 lectures and courses in 40 countries. He has published 115 articles in refereed journals and 18 textbook chapters. He serves on Editorial Boards and Scientific Review Panels of 17 journals. Prof. Abbott is a Past President of the International Federation of Endodontic Associations, the Asian Pacific Endodontic Confederation and the Australian Society of Endodontology. He has been a Director of the Australian Dental Council and is now a member of the Dental Board of Australia. In 2004, he was awarded the University of Western Australia’s Excellence in Teaching Award and in 2008 the Australian Dental Association awarded him their Service Medallion.
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