Root Cause: Endodontics and Systemic Health
Focal infection theory gained prominence in the early twentieth century. However, a lack of evidence saw the end of the “Focal Era”. Recently studies have demonstrated an association between oral and systemic diseases. The biological basis and evidence for an association between endodontic disease and systemic health will be explored.
- Be aware of the burden of chronic disease
- Understand focal infection theory past and present
- Recognise the inflammatory processes involved in periodontitis and how this may relate to apical periodontitis
- Be familiar with apical periodontitis and its association with systemic disease
This course is designed to meet the GDC’s development outcome (C and D) and will qualify for 1.5 hours of verifiable CPD.
About Will McLean
William McLean graduated from the University of Wales College of Medicine Dental School in 1997. Following graduation, he was awarded an Action Research Training Fellowship to pursue his PhD. The following four years were spent at Harvard Medical School Department of Cell Biology investigating craniofacial and skeletal development. In 2002, he took up a position as a lecturer at Manchester University in the School of Biological Sciences. In 2004, he returned to clinical practice and subsequently undertook postgraduate training in Endodontology.
He now divides him time between Endodontic referral practice and academic practice. He is the Academic Lead for Undergraduate Endodontics at the University of Glasgow Dental School, programme co-ordinator for the MSc Endodontics and lead for the Glasgow Endodontology Group. He currently is treasurer of the British Endodontic Society.