Strategies for the endodontic management of concurrent endodontic and periodontal diseases

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Endodontic and periodontal diseases can provide many diagnostic and management challenges to clinicians, particularly when they occur concurrently. As with all diseases, a thorough history combined with comprehensive clinical and radiographic examinations are all required so an accurate diagnosis can be made. This is essential since the diagnosis will determine the type and sequence of treatment required. This paper reviews the relevant literature and proposes a new classification for concurrent endodontic and periodontal diseases. This classification is a simple one that will help clinicians to formulate management plans for when these diseases occur concurrently. The key aspects are to determine whether both types of diseases are present, rather than just having manifestations of one disease in the alternate tissue. Once it is established that both diseases are present and that they are as a result of infections of each tissue, then the clinician must determine whether the two diseases communicate via the periodontal pocket so that appropriate management can be provided using the guidelines outlined. In general, if the root canal system is infected, endodontic treatment should be commenced prior to any periodontal therapy in order to remove the intracanal infection before any cementum is removed. This avoids several complications and provides a more favourable environment for periodontal repair. The endodontic treatment can be completed before periodontal treatment is provided when there is no communication between the disease processes. However, when there is communication between the two disease processes, then the root canals should be medicated until the periodontal treatment has been completed and the overall prognosis of the tooth has been reassessed as being favourable. The use of non-toxic intracanal therapeutic medicaments is essential to destroy bacteria and to help encourage tissue repair.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S70-S85
JournalAustralian Dental Journal
Issue numberSupp. 1
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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