A woman holding her jaw in pain, in the foreground an xray with a circle and arrows pointing to roots.

The pathway to endodontic diagnosis is challenging and can often prevent the clinician from making a definitive diagnosis. In the worst-case scenario, diagnostic pitfalls lead to inaccuracies, which results in unnecessary or inappropriate treatment.

That's why Spear Online has released a new video course on “Advanced Endodontic Diagnosis” with Wisconsin-based endodontist Dr. David Landwehr.

“Only with an accurate diagnosis can effective treatment be provided,” Landwehr said. “A better understanding of diagnostic dilemmas provides the clinician a map to navigate the path to diagnostic accuracy.”

In this CE-eligible course, Dr. Landwehr highlights a variety of diagnostic roadblocks, including the limitations of pulp testing and a systematic method for developing a differential diagnosis of periapical pathology.

Course objectives are:

  • Recognize the limits of pulp testing and radiographic interpretation.
  • Use a systematic method to formulate a differential diagnosis of radiographic lesions found in the peri-radicular areas.
  • Recognize that numerous pathologies can mimic disease of pulpal/inflammatory origin.

Lessons in this course include:

  1. Introduction to the Limits of Pulp Testing
  2. Limitations of Radiology
  3. Systematic Differential Diagnosis
  4. Multilocular Radiolucencies
  5. Radiopaque Lesions
  6. Multifocal Presentations
  7. Ill-Defined Radiolucencies
  8. Medication-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (MRONJ)