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Endodontics Enables Tooth Preservation into Advanced Age - a Central Theme of IDS 2011

Current developments in endodontics - opportunities for tooth retention - modern therapeutic concepts - a main theme of IDS

Endodontic measures provide important foundations for long-term and lasting tooth retention. In light of an aging society, this dental discipline is becoming increasingly important. With evidence-based success rates of up to 85 per cent for treatments performed lege artis, endodontics have long been an established fixture in the range of therapies offered by general dentists, while at the same time offering a rich field of work for specialists. The latest methods employed in the conservation therapy includes manual or mechanized root canal preparation, efficient rinsing methods during disinfection and modern instruments and materials for obturation. Even the treatment of front teeth with fractured crowns and roots is possible today through the use of advanced root pin systems, among other techniques. And if a root canal revision should become necessary, the endodontic specialists have a range of minimally invasive microsurgical concepts up to the treatment of complex endo-periodontal lesions available to them. The impressive scientific and technological progress in the field of endodontics has improved the odds of long-term tooth retention tremendously and puts this speciality at the centre of a prophylactic-conservationist approach to dentistry," says Dr. Martin Rickert, Chairman of the Board of the Association of German Dental Manufacturers (VDDI).

The long years of intense collaboration between a large number of endodontics specialists with companies in the dental industry have resulted in the mature instrument and material systems available today for the improved diagnosis and, above all, improved treatment of root canal lesions. Modern imaging techniques, for example, allow the precise visualisation of the root canal and thus enable both endometry up to the apex and also the exact determination of the file position during preparation. Digital x-rays and digital volumetric tomography are also becoming increasingly important in endodontics. High-resolution intraoral cameras can be used for the time-saving online documentation of the treatment as well as for diagnostic purposes.

Another important trend is the increased use of mechanized root canal preparation. In particular, computer-designed file geometries with their optimised conicities and cutting edges result in greater safety and efficiency here. Modern materials, such as nickel-titanium or titanium-niobium alloys, have vastly improved the durability of rotating preparation files and of revision files, thus virtually revolutionising endodontic treatment options. These enable an evenly conical preparation even in the case of severely curved root canals. High-performance, electronically controlled drive units with torque control help to largely eliminate fracturing when using the mechanized files.

Technological process has also been made in other areas of endodontics. The working length is determined either by means of x-rays or with the help of modern electrometric measuring methods, with the latter causing no additional exposure to radiation. Effective chemical preparations, the action of which can be enhanced via ultrasound-supported or hydrodynamic methods, are used for root canal irrigation, which frequently decides the success of the procedure. Modern sealer adhesives and cements based on composites are available for bacteria-tight obturation. Classic methods, primarily gutta percha techniques, can also be used. There has been significant progress here, too. For example, new equipment systems for warm vertical condensation ensure better adaptation of the thermally plasticized gutta percha to the canal walls. The 34th IDS (Cologne, 22nd to 26th March 2011) will therefore be a particularly valuable source of comprehensive information for anyone wanting to get acquainted with the entire spectrum of new developments in endodontics.

Besides routine tasks that can also be performed by a general dentist, endodontics also offers a challenging field of work for specialists that includes complex revision work, root end resections and the restoration of teeth with fractured crowns and roots. The experts have another tool available to them for this task: loupe systems or surgical microscopes that permit minimally invasive microsurgical endodontic surgery.

At the next International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne (22nd to 26th March 2011), the solutions presented by the endodontic specialists on hand from many renowned companies in the dental industry will show how standard endodontic services and specialization opportunities can be integrated into the day-to-day routine of a dental surgery. Interested trade visitors can take advantage of their expertise and experience during the fair. Of course, visitors will also have the opportunity at IDS to ask questions and discuss problems with the experts. A unique international forum will be set up where trade visitors can talk to specialists about every aspect of endodontics.
IDS is the ideal opportunity for dentists and dental technicians to find out all the latest information on endodontics and how to implement it in their dental surgery - as well as discovering how to integrate complex treatment systems at an expert level. A successful endodontic treatment increases the chances of tooth retention, makes for satisfied patients and ultimately enhances the image of the dentist's surgery.

"From 22nd to 26th March 2011, the International Dental Show in Cologne - the world's largest trade fair for dental medicine and dental technology - will be the best place for dentists interested in endodontics and their assistants to talk to specialists from the exhibiting companies and experienced users about the whole spectrum of modern endodontic concepts and current trends in treatments and diagnostics," says Dr. Markus Heibach, President of the VDDI.

IDS takes place in Cologne every two years and is organized by the GFDI Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Dental-Industrie mbH, the commercial enterprise of the Association of German Dental Manufacturers (VDDI) and staged by Koelnmesse GmbH, Cologne.

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