Dr. Rodrigo S Cunha DDS, MSc, PhD

An Endodontic Perspective Regarding the Effect of Orthodontic Treatment on Pulpal Vitality

Saturday, February 17, 2018 | Time: 8:00AM - 10:00AM PST
CDE Credits: 2.00 Teaching Methods: Lecture; Live Online or Self-Instructional Video Length: 2 hours
PDL is an ADA CERP recognized provider. PDL designates this activity for 2.00 hours continuing dental education credit.
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  • Webinar Title: An Endodontic Perspective Regarding the Effect of Orthodontic Treatment on Pulpal Vitality
  • Presenter: Dr. Rodrigo Cunha
  • Date Recorded: February 17th, 2018
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • CDE Credits: 2 CDE credits will be issued by Pure Dental Learning



The dental pulp is a singular connective tissue confined by rigid walls of mineralized tissue in an environment that has a low tolerance to inflammation, where the tissue is supplied by the blood vessels passing through the apical foramen. An arborized vascular system and a delicate artery that penetrates the apical foramen represent its only blood source. Orthodontic movement may cause a great number of tissue alterations in the dental pulp, however, these changes may not be entirely recognized owing to the difficulty in simulating clinical situations. Depending on the duration, type and magnitude of the force, and the physiological tissue tolerance, the pulp tissue may be affected in a reversible or irreversible manner. This presentation will discuss with clinical cases and scientific evidence these alterations and how to deal with the diagnostic procedure.

Course Outline


At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

  1. List the pulp alterations that can occur during orthodontic treatment.
  2. Discuss common orthodontic-endodontic treatment planning challenges.
  3. Describe appropriate management of teeth requiring integrated endodontic and orthodontic treatment.

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Dr. Rodrigo S Cunha DDS, MSc, PhD

Dr. Rodrigo Cunha

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Dr. Cunha completed his Undergraduate Dental Degree in 1994, which he obtained from the Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Campinas (PUCC) in Campinas, SP-Brazil. His post-graduate studies include a Specialty degree in Endodontics obtained in 1997 from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP); in 2002, a M.Sc. degree in Clinical Dentistry (Endodontics), and in 2006, a Ph.D. degree in Dental Sciences both of which he received from Sao Leopoldo Mandic Centre for Dental Research. Dr. Cunha is a Clinical Instructor at the College of Dentistry, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba at the Endodontics Division. He has taught at the preclinical and clinical levels; has been a guest speaker at many events worldwide such as Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Portugal, USA, Canada and UAE. Dr. Cunha has published a multitude of papers and abstracts in several peer reviewed journals, six book chapters and is a Reviewer for the International Endodontic Journal (IEJ) and Journal of Endodontics (JOE). Dr. Cunha became Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (Endodontics) in 2013 and has extensive clinical experience obtained working in Private Practice limited to Endodontics since 1995.

Resources and References

1. Hamilton RS, Gutmann JL. Endodontic-orthodontic relationships: a review of integrated treatment planning challenges. Int Endod J. 1999;32:343-60.

2. Sano Y, Ikawa M, Sugawara J, Horiuchi H, Mitani H. The effect of continuous intrusive force on human pulpal blood flow. Eur J Orthod. 2002;24:155-66.

3. Bauss O, Schafer W, Sadat-Khonsari R. Influence of orthodontic extrusion on pulpal vitality of traumatized teeth maxillary incisors. J Endod. 2010;36(2):203-7.

4. Caviedes-Bucheli J, Moreno JO, Ardila-Pinto J, Del Toro-CarreƱo HR, Sierra-Tapias CL et al. The effect of orthodontic forces on calcitonin gene-related peptide expression in human dental pulp. J Endod. 2011;37(7):934-37.

5. Venkatesh S, Ajmera S, Ganeshkar SV. Volumetric pulp changes after orthodontic treatment determined by cone beam computedtomography. J Endod. 2014 Nov;40(11):1758-63

6. Javed F, Al-Kheraif AA, Romanos EB, Romanos GE. Influence of orthodontic forces on human dental pulp: a systematic review. Arch Oral Biol. 2015 Feb; 60(2):347-56.


Original Release Date: February 17, 2018
Review Date: TBD
*Expiration Date: February 17, 2021

*Self-instructional activities are reviewed at least once every three years, or more frequently if indicated by new scientific developments, to ensure that content is current and accurate.

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