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Dental Digest Podcast with Dr. Melissa Seibert

Nov 16, 2020

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This lesson is part of a two part series on endodontics. Dr. Brett Gilbert is a board certified endodontist and he’ll review some of the foundational concepts of endodontics. In this lesson we’ll discuss the diagnostic testing that should be completed prior to making a diagnosis. He’ll then go through the different endodontic diagnostic terms available for pulpal pathology. From there he’ll explain why its important to also diagnose the adjacent vital structures and what diagnostic terms can be utilized. Finally, he’ll review cracked tooth syndrome, antibiotic stewardship and advances in endodontic irrigation.


  1. Solidify your understanding of the different endodontic diagnostic tests you should be completing 
  2. Understand the different pulpal diagnostic terms available 
  3. Understand the different diagnostic terms for the adjacent tissues 
  4. Become more comfortable diagnosing disease of endodontic origin

Helpful links: 

1.  About Dr. Brett Gilbert

2. One of Dr. Seibert's favorite books: Into the Magic Shop

3.  Dr. Gilbert recommend's reading: A Happy Pocket Full of Money

4. The AAE Guide to Antibiotics

5. What is the AAE Consensus on Endo Diagnostic Terms?

6. Dr. Gilbert's Access Endo

About Dr. Gilbert: Dr. Brett E. Gilbert graduated from the University of Maryland Dental School completing his DDS in 2001 and attaining his Certificate in Endodontics in 2003. He is currently a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Endodontics at the University of Illinois-Chicago, College of Dentistry and on staff at Presence Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago. He served as President of the Illinois Association of Endodontists in 2011 and as President of the Northwest Side Branch of the Chicago Dental Society in 2013-2014. Dr. Gilbert was honored by the Seattle Study Club as a Top Ten Young Dental Educator in America in 2017. Dr. Gilbert is board certified, a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. Dr. Gilbert owns and operates a thriving private practice limited to Endodontics in Niles, IL.