2022 Edition

Advances in the understanding of endodontic pathosis, aseptic technique, and principles of canal preparation and obturation have led to significantly increased and predictable healing rates for endodontic treatment—95% and higher under ideal conditions (Salehrabi R, Rotstein I. J Endod. 2004 Dec;30(12):846-50). However, the treatment must be delivered in a predictable manner by the treating practitioner to optimize the healing potential.

The AAE has developed practical tools to help every dentist overcome case assessment pitfalls:

  • Endodontic Case Difficulty Assessment Article (PDF File, 587KB)
    This newsletter discusses endodontic treatment planning, case assessment and referral from a specialist’s perspective.
  • Reading List (PDF File, 48KB)
    A comprehensive list of references supporting the topic of case assessment and referral.
  • AAE Case Difficulty Assessment Form and Guidelines (PDF File, 411KB)
    The Assessment Form enables a practitioner to assign levels of difficulty to a particular case by assessing risk factors that may affect the outcome of treatment. The form may also be used to assist with referral decision making and record keeping.

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