Top tips for identifying endodontic case complexity: part 1

Saiba Ghafoor, Matthew Philip Sarstedt, Julie K. Kilgariff

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There are no universally accepted guidelines for general dental practitioners regarding when endodontic referral to a specialist service may be indicated. UK NHS specialist endodontic services do not have national standardised criteria for which patient cases will be accepted for specialist care, and it is therefore important that more complex cases can be identified by general practitioners and referred accordingly, decreasing the likelihood of avoidable iatrogenic errors occurring, which reduce treatment outcome.

There have been a number of indices developed to help ascertain the complexity of endodontic cases. Part 2 discusses tips for identifying endodontic case complexity and examines indices available to guide clinicians as to when referral to an endodontic specialist service may be warranted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-180
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Dental Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 12 Aug 2022


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