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Root canal treatment (RCT) can cause anxiety for young dentists. It requires careful case selection, open patient communication, recognition of clinical limitations and an understanding of when to refer. There will always be endodontic cases that cannot be successfully managed in primary care that will benefit from specialist input.However, early in a career, when a difficult case involves an element of supervision or assistance from a colleague, it can knock the confidence of a young dentist looking to consolidate technical skills. The situation is not helped by the fact that clinical experience in RCT for younger dentists is variable, with dental schools struggling to find suitable cases for students. Interestingly, however, more dento-legal cases arise from endodontics than any other dental procedures, and recent graduates tend to have a disproportionate share of the problems in relation to this procedure. Here is a short road map to morepredictable treatment outcomes.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Stone SJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Riskmatters

Year: 2015

Issue: 30

Pages: 10-12

Print publication date: 27/06/2015

Acceptance date: 10/06/2015

Date deposited: 24/09/2015

Publisher: Dental Protection Limited