To Drill or Not to Drill: Management of Endodontic Emergencies and In-Process Patients during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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CE Hours: 1.0 CE hour 

Description: Dental professionals are at high risk of contracting coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection because of their scope of practice with aerosol-generating procedures. Recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to suspend elective dental procedures and avoid aerosol-generating procedures posed significant challenges in the management of patients presenting with endodontic emergencies and uncertainty of outcomes for endodontic procedures initiated, but not completed, before shutdown. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the success of palliative care on endodontic emergencies during the COVID-19 pandemic and to evaluate the sta

At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

  • Evaluate the effect of non-aerosol generating procedures and interventions on the outcome of endodontic emergencies. 
  • Discuss the effect of long-term calcium hydroxide on the stability of teeth during periods of delayed treatment.
  • Provide successful management of endodontic emergencies when aerosol-generating procedures are restricted.


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7 Questions
CE Test
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
1.00 CE credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 CE credit  |  Certificate available

Biraj Patel, BDS

Michael A. Eskander, DDS, PhD

Nikita Ruparel, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.

AAE20 Program Chair

Associate Professor and Director of Advanced Education Program in Endodontics at UT Health San Antonio. My research interests include pain biology and sex differences in pain.