Presented by Ronald Ordinola-Zapata, DDS, MS, PhD
The relationship of the pulp and the periodontium is dynamic. Multiple anatomical and iatrogenic pathways can communicate these tissues in both health and disease. These pathways include furcation canals, dentinal cracks, and vertical root fractures. In other cases, a cemental root fracture (cemental tear) can mimic periapical pathosis. It is generally agreed that the pulp and its necrotic content affect the periodontal tissues. A controversy exists over the ability of periodontal disease to affect the dental pulp. During this presentation, we will review diagnostic techniques, the prognosis, and treatment alternatives for endo/perio lesions.