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ENDODONTIC
REBOOT
Part Two

Bioactive materials are on the threshold
of mainstream endodontics

by Dr. Kenneth S. Serota
with Drs. Gilberto Debelian
and Martin Trope
Dr. Kenneth S. Serota received
his endodontics certificate and
MMSc degree from the Forsyth
Institute at Harvard. He is on the
editorial boards of Endodontic
Practice and Endo Tribune,
and is the founder of ROOTS
and NEXUS, online educational
forums for those interested
in cutting-edge dentistry.
Dr. Gilberto Debelian received
his DDS degree in 1987. In 1989,
he completed the post-graduate
program in endodontics at the
University of Pennsylvania. In
1997, he received his PhD from
the University of Oslo, Norway.
Debelian now serves as an adjunct
professor at the Department of
Endodontics at UPenn and is in
private practice in Oslo.
Dr. Martin Trope received his
BDS degree in dentistry in 1976.
In 1980 he moved to Philadelphia
to specialize in endodontics at
the University of Pennsylvania.
Trope now serves as a clinical
professor in the Department of
Endodontics at UPenn and also is
in private practice.
Drs. Serota, Debelian and Trope are involved with endodontic
education through the training facility Next Level
Endodontics in Philadelphia, which Trope owns.
Information: nextlevelendodontics.com.

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NOVEMBER 2017 // dentaltown.com

"Two roads diverged in a wood,
and I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
-Robert Frost

Three-dimensional "root filing" is unattainable with the
materials used since the late 1800s. Gutta-percha has been
and still is the core material of choice; however, even with
the essential inclusion of a sealer, degradation and dissolution of both the gutta-percha core and the sealer will obviate
long-term successful treatment outcomes.1
This article takes a critical look at past and present methods for root filling. The clinician's axiom of choice is to no
longer persist with materials that fail to obtain permanent
sealing of the root canal due to leakage from the oral cavity
or, to effect a paradigm shift to a root filling protocol using
bioactive bioceramic materials (Figs. 1a-1c).


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