What Is the Outcome of an Incision and Drainage Procedure in Endodontic Patients? A Prospective, Randomized, Single-blind Study

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There are no prospective endodontic studies to determine the outcome of an incision and drainage (I&D) procedure for swelling in healthy, endodontic patients. The purpose of this prospective, randomized, single-blind study was to compare the postoperative course of I&D with drain placement versus a mock I&D procedure with mock drain placement after endodontic debridement in swollen emergency patients with symptomatic teeth and a pulpal diagnosis of necrosis.

At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

  • Compare postoperative pain for the patients receiving the I & D versus the mock I & D.
  • Discuss if the I & D procedure resulted in immediate relief of moderate to severe pain.
  • Describe why patients with a mock I & D procedure had less postoperative pain.


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Hannah Beus, D.D.S, M.S.

Dr. Hannah Beus graduated from Brigham Young University and received her Doctor of Dental surgery degree from The Ohio State University.  After working for 2 years as a general dentist in Ohio, she returned to The Ohio State University for her endodontic residency, earning a Master of Science with a focus on anesthetics and odontogenic swellings.  Her research has been accepted for publication to the Journal of Endodontics, 2018. 

She spends her free time enjoying the many activities available in the Reno/Tahoe area and making memories with her husband and two darling children.  She is thrilled to join Sierra Endodontics and looks forward to continuing her service in the local community.

Sara Fowler, D.M.D. M.S.

Dr. Sara Fowler is a member of the Inaugural Class of the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine graduating class of 2006. A native Ohioan, she returned to Ohio to complete the General Practice Residency program at The Ohio State University. She then served as the Endodontic Division’s Postgraduate Fellow before going on to Advanced Endodontic training at Ohio State where she earned her M.S. in 2010. Following her endodontic program, she practiced full-time before deciding that academia was her true calling. As an Assistant Professor, she is currently serving as the Director of Predoctoral Endodontics and the Emergency Dental Clinic at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry.

Melissa Drum, D.D.S., M.S.

Dr. Melissa Drum is an endodontist and full-time educator. Dr. Melissa Drum is the Graduate Program Director at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry.

Al Reader D.D.S., M.S.

Dr. Al Reader is a Professor in the Division of Endodontics and is a previous program director of Advanced Endodontics at the The Ohio State University.

John Nusstein, D.D.S., M.S.

Dr. John Nusstein is a tenured Professor and the Chair of the Division of Endodontics at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry in Columbus, Ohio.

Mike Beck, DDS, MA

Courtney Jatana, DDS, MS

Courtney A. Jatana, DDS is a practicing Dentist in Columbus, OH. Dr. Jatana graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry in 2006 and has been in practice for 11 years. Dr. Jatana also specializes in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Jatana accepts multiple insurance plans including Medicare, Delta Dental and Cigna Dental.