Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Endodontic Competency Number #38

Tri-State Animal Dentistry Consultants
17 Seemans Lane
Milford, CT 06460

Endodontic Competency
American Association of Endodontists

Donald H DeForge, VMD
Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry
Practice Limited to Dentistry

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Please see the link above to the American Association of Endodontists

Root Canal therapy is non-invasive and the treatment of choice based on oral radiology in a patient presented with endodontic trauma or pulp pathology. 

A decision on endodontic care is complex. When appropriate, it returns a patient to a pain free active life with minimal recovery time.  Today, root canal therapy is being performed daily by veterinary dentists world-wide.

Recent articles in veterinary publications have eluded to general practitioners and their technicians performing root canal therapy on patients.

Only a veterinarian trained in root canal therapy should perform root canal therapy.  Technicians should not be performing endodontic procedures.  State practice acts determine which procedures technicians can perform.

Clients visiting their local doctor of veterinary medicine seeking endodontic procedures must be counseled in the benefit risks, treatment alternatives, and prognosis for the procedure[s] advised by the general practitioner.

Along with an endodontic work-up centered on dental radiology, the periodontal states of the patient must be determined before endodontic care.  

Before initiating any endodontic procedure, the general practitioner must demonstrate competence in endodontic care and provide a prognosis with an outcome assessment based on their clinical assessment.

Endodontic knowledge and skill is directly related to multiple hours of endodontic training.  It is always best to refer to an animal dentist.  

Root canal therapy; apexification; and new regenerative endodontic procedures must be completely understood before initiating care.  A decision on appropriate therapy is based upon the presence of normal pulp tissue; pulp death; an immature apex; open apex; or severely necrotic pulp tissue.  Animal dentists with years of training and continuing education allows the best treatment plan and outcome for the patient.

Endodontic Competency
American Association of Endodontists

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