Indications for root canal treatment in asymptomatic teeth with various radiographic findings: Guidelines for general dental practice

Shaul Lin, Arieh Y. Kaufman, Ofir Ginesin, Thomas Shimko, Shlomo Elbahary, Dekel Wisblech, Joseph Nissan

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Abstract

Objectives: The purpose of this article was to propose guidelines for dental practitioners facing the dilemma whether to treat, follow up, or disregard random asymptomatic radiographic findings. Data sources: Searches performed in MEDLINE, Cochrane, and EMBASE databases were followed by a manual search. Related data incorporated by experts included recommendations on asymptomatic root canal treatment, quality of the root canal, and restoration relative to outcome. Evidence tables were developed following quality and inclusion criteria assessment. Results: The initial search retrieved 2,796 MEDLINE, 542 EMBASE, and 152 Cochrane articles, for a total of 3,490 potential articles. After duplicates were removed, 2,946 articles remained. Articles not related to the topic and not meeting eligibility criteria were excluded, resulting in 44 studies included in this scoping review. Conclusions: The proposed guidelines provide easy access to existing information in endodontics. The findings are common and possess clinical and medico-legal importance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)612-623
Number of pages12
JournalQuintessence International
Volume50
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Asymptomatic periapical lesion
  • Coronal restoration
  • Endodontic success
  • Follow-up
  • Microleakage
  • Outcome

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