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Article: Volume 48 Number 6 Page 479 - June 2021

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Endodontics:  Get smart – technological innovations in endodontics. Part 1: 3D imaging, 3D treatment planning and guided endodontics

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Abstract: ndodontic treatment can be technically challenging, requiring a high level of clinical precision and skill to avoid mishaps, to achieve a quality result and to ensure a favourable outcome. Understandably, dentists vary in competency and ability to manage challenging endodontic cases. Coupled with patients’ desire to retain their natural dentition, the demand for endodontic treatment exceeds service provision. Secondary and tertiary care providers are inundated with referrals. Access to privately funded services may also be restricted due to availability and locality. The scientific and technological revolution in healthcare has benefited many medical and dental disciplines, including endodontics: solutions may be found within these technological innovations to improve and facilitate the delivery of endodontic care.

Clinical relevance: Technological innovations can contribute and facilitate the assessment, management and treatment of challenging endodontic cases in everyday clinical practice.

Author notes: Pratik Kamalkant Shah, BDS, MJDF RCS Eng, MSc, MEndo RCS Edin, FHEA, Clinical Lecturer in Endodontics, Institute of Dentistry, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. Qianni Zhang, PhD, Senior Lecturer, School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Queen Mary University of London. Bun San Chong, BDS, MSc, PhD, LDS, FDS RCS Eng, FDS RCS Edin, MFGDP (UK), MRD, FHEA, Professor of Restorative Dentistry/Honorary Consultant, Academic Endodontic Lead, Institute of Dentistry, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. email:

Objective: To outline recent advances, such as three-dimensional (3D) imaging, 3D printing and 3D treatment planning and their application in endodontics.