Cracked Teeth: A Modern Epidemic?:

Cracked teeth are becoming a more common problem for patients in the last several decades and yet the paucity of evidence-based information on this clinical entity leaves clinicians with no reliable preventive or treatment options. This presentation will highlight the nature and possible origins of cracked teeth to help the clinician to decide whether or not there may be a developing public oral health problem that rivals caries and periodontal disease in its destructive effects on the teeth.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this presentation, the attendee should:

- Learn the clinical signs and symptoms of cracked teeth in order to develop a diagnosis and prognosis for the patient
- Understand the lack of good evidence for determining the epidemiology and etiology of cracked teeth and the need for more research in this critical area.
- Understand the different types of tooth fracture and their effect on prognosis for tooth retention.
- Understand the advantages and disadvantages of crack mitigation strategies while performing endodontic therapy

Rob Roda

Rob Roda, DDS

Dr. Roda graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada in 1981 and maintained a full-time private general practice in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia for ten years. He returned to school at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas Texas, and received his Masters of Science (Oral Biology) and Certificate in Endodontics in 1993. He became a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics in 1998. Dr. Roda has published and lectured internationally, most recently co-authoring the chapter on non-surgical retreatment in the 12th edition of Pathways of the Pulp. He is Past-President of the American Association of Endodontists, Past-President of the Arizona Dental Association, and is an active member the American Dental Association. Dr. Roda is a past Associate Editor of the Journal of Endodontics, and is an Endodontic Consultant to the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners. He maintains a private practice limited to Endodontics in Scottsdale, Arizona.