A decade has passed since the second edition of Textbook of Endodontology, and its founding editors, Gunnar Bergenholtz, Preben Hørsted-Bindslev, and Claes Reit, deserve our unreserved thanks for their legacy to the endodontic community. It is with the greatest respect, humility, and some degree of awe that a new editorial team steps into their shoes, to fan the flames and bring this new edition to life.
Much has developed and changed in the last 10 years, but core principles remain unchanged. We remain committed to the educational needs of undergraduate and postgraduate dental students and general practitioners who wish to update their knowledge of contemporary endodontic research and practice. The third edition remains true to the textbook’s founding principles, providing information on the biological processes of pulpal and periapical disease and how this influences clinical decision-making and practice. New line drawings and clinical images are included and we have retained core concept, advanced concept, clinical procedure, and key literature boxes for ease of assimilation.We hope the individual chapters work well together, and have signposted readers to related chapters where this may be helpful.
Many of the original authors were enthusiastic to revise and update their well-received chapters and we are grateful to those who allowed the updating of their previous work as part of a comprehensive revision.New for this edition are distinctive chapters on local anesthesia, asepsis, access and canal negotiation, irrigation and disinfection, emergency management, and medicolegal considerations. Aspects of diagnosis, deep caries management, decision-making for endodontic retreatment, orofacial pain, and clinical epidemiology also receive greater emphasis. A final chapter provides helpful insights on the pressures facing young dentists as they transition from dental school to independent practice and strive to remain true to core principles of training. Readers may also find single best answer questions useful to gauge their knowledge and understanding.