Endodontic update: 50 years of progress

Stephen J. Bonsor, William P. Saunders

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The science of endodontology and the practice of endodontics have changed immeasurably in the last 50 years. Improved understanding of the aetiology of peri-radicular diseases, in particular the central role of micro-organisms, has driven a more biological approach to treatment. Advances in technology have brought to market sophisticated armamentaria that have facilitated and enhanced clinical delivery. The development of biomaterials and the refinement of clinical techniques have contributed to improved outcomes for both non-surgical and surgical endodontic treatments. The present article summarizes the changes in this field in the past 50 years, and updates the reader on contemporary clinical endodontic practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411-420
Number of pages10
JournalDental Update
Issue number5
Early online date16 May 2023
Publication statusPublished - May 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry


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