This book describes the latest minimally invasive approaches in endodontics and explains the principles that guide them. The advantages and limitations of these approaches are critically analyzed with the intention of defining new endodontic gold standards. The trend toward the use of more conservative procedures within endodontics reflects the wider adoption of minimally invasive dentistry in general and is being fostered by the introduction of new materials, devices, instruments, and techniques as well as the use of magnification and advanced three-dimensional diagnostic imaging technologies. In this book, readers will find clear explanation of these advances and their impacts. Minimally invasive access to the root canal system is described, and detailed attention is devoted to the application of novel strategies in root canal instrumentation and disinfection, root canal filling, coronal restoration, retreatment, and endodontic surgery. Minimally invasive alternatives to complete endodontic treatment, such as vital pulp therapies, and to dental extraction and implant placement, including surgical extrusion, intentional replantation, and tooth autotransplantation, are also discussed. Minimally Invasive Approaches in Endodontic Practice will be of value for endodontists at all levels of experience.
Gianluca Plotino, DDS, PhD, is a private practitioner in Rome, Italy. He graduated from Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy in 2002 and completed his doctorate in Endodontics at the same university in 2009. Following graduation, Dr. Plotino worked as a specialist consultant in Endodontics at various practices before founding the Grande, Plotino & Torsello Dental Practice in Rome (2010), focusing mainly on endodontics and restorative dentistry. He also worked in the Department of Endodontics at Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Rome, from 2003 to 2009 and in the Department of Endodontics, "Sapienza" University of Rome, from 2009 to 2017. Dr. Plotino has received certification to be a Professor at Level 1 in Italy. He is an Associate Editor of both the Italian Journal of Endodontics and the European Endodontic Journal and an editorial board member for various other journals. In 2018 Dr. Plotino has received certification to be a Professor at Level I and II in Italy. He has won a number of awards for his research and has authored almost 100 peer-reviewed articles in international journals as well as another textbook and numerous chapters in textbooks.
The Role of Technology in Minimally Invasive Endodontics.- Minimally Invasive Access to the Root Canal System.- Minimally Invasive Root Canal Instrumentation.- Root Canal Debridement and Disinfection in Minimally Invasive Preparation.- Filling of Root Canals after Minimally Invasive Preparation.- Strategies for the Reconstruction of Minimally Invasive Endodontic Treatments.- A Minimally Invasive Approach to Endodontic Retreatment and Micro-Surgical Endodontics.- Minimally Invasive Alternatives to Dental Extraction.