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How is pain controlled in endodontic therapy?

It has been over half a century since the American poet Ogden Nash offered his satire towards the dental profession and yet today’s dental practioners still continue to be challenged. The terms pain and root canal are often thought of as one by the public [1] and clinicians must frequently deal with this misguided preconception. Managing this pain is an integral part of the field of endodontics, often considered a sign of clinical excellence; it requires a thorough understanding of the pain system and the mechanisms by which drugs and therapies offer relief.

Dental pain may arise before, during or after endodontic therapy and the method for management of this pain is different in each case. This paper aims to explain the mechanisms responsible for this pain and then address its management in relation to stages of treatment.

The erosive potential of foodstuffs and their effect on the adult dentition.

Background: The link between diet and erosion is now subject to extensive research as it becomes of growing concern to both the dental community and the public. Dental erosion is multifactorial in nature, highly influenced by individual habits and lifestyles alongside the chemical factors of each food or drink. The prevalence of erosion is growing and with this comes complications of tooth sensitivity, aesthetics and loss of occlusal vertical dimension.

Objective: The aim of this paper was to critically review the erosive potential of foodstuffs and their effect on the permanent dentition with regards to prevalence in adults, determinants of erosive potential, the erosive potential of foodstuffs and any efforts that have been made to modify food or drink to reduce erosive potential.

Conclusion: The erosive potential of many foods and drinks is clearly evident from the research. As erosion continues to become of greater importance in coming years it is vital to educate both dental professionals and the public to this area of dentistry, while continuing efforts to reduce the erosive potential of foods and drinks.

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