Pain following root canal treatment: What have we learned from Practice-based Research?

Pain after endodontic treatment can be a source of frustration for patients and clinicians. Research shows that there are many factors that can affect how much pain patients feel. These include individual characteristics of the patient, as well as the procedure. The Predicting Outcomes of Root Canal Treatment (PREDICT) Study, a National Dental PBRN prospective study, looked at the predictors of severe, acute pain, and persistent pain, after a first-time root canal. The study followed 1,459 patients. This presentation will include the results of the PREDICT study, including frequency and contributing factors for acute and persistent pain following root canal treatment.