Article: Volume 43 Number 6 Page 575 - July/August 2016

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Endodontics:  Effective Pain Management Strategies in Endodontic Therapy

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Abstract: Pain management is the key to providing successful root canal therapy. All patients hope for a painless procedure and look forward to being free of their symptoms when treatment is complete. However, managing pain throughout endodontic therapy can be challenging and improving awareness of various analgesic techniques can make a significant difference to both patient and practitioner. This article should provide some insight into these methods and use current literature to discuss how they can be delivered in a clinical setting. By doing so, practitioners can utilize these techniques to make endodontic treatment a more comfortable procedure.

Clinical relevance: This article aims to improve the reader’s awareness of the various clinical, pharmacological and behavioural analgesic techniques that can be used to help control presenting symptoms, reduce iatrogenic-induced pain and manage post-operative discomfort in the endodontically compromised patient.

Author notes: Satnam Singh Virdee, BDS, MFDS RCSEd, Dental Core Trainee, Restorative Dentistry, Leeds Dental Institute, Clarendon Way, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 9LU, UK.

Objective: To describe various clinical, pharmacological and behavioural strategies that can be utilized by practitioners to manage endodontic pain.