Risk Management in Endodontics

Recent advances in endodontic instrument designs and techniques have made the outcome more predictable, but not guaranteed. Successful and predictable root canal treatment requires special attention to many important factors, including case selection, clinical diagnosis, root canal treatment and post-endodontic management and so on.

Moreover, dental malpractice claims related to endodontics are not uncommon. While a dentist may conform to applicable standards of care in the performance of the procedure, that alone will not prevent a claim by the patient for an untoward result. For instance, failure to communicate with patients about the procedure and not obtaining consent for treatment are key areas of complaint, as is inadequate record keeping.

This presentation discuss the factors affecting treatment outcomes and the potential dento-legal problems in endodontic therapy and how, through compliance with best practice, these may be avoided.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the biologic objectives of root canal therapy
  • Appreciate endodontic diagnostic decision making, and case selection
  • Understand the importance of proper biomechanical cleansing of the root canal system
  • Discuss the prevention of iatrogenic events

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