Saudi Journal of Oral Sciences

: 2020  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1--2

An insight into the 50th-anniversary edition of Ingle's Endodontics

Abdullah R AlShammery 
 Restorative Dentistry, Riyadh Elm University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Riyadh Elm University, P. O. Box. 84891, Riyadh 11681
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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“Ingle's Endodontics” is a much popular book and it is well renowned among all dental fraternities. It is almost impossible for a dentist not have read this book. The new 7th edition of this book published in 2019 comes with a celebration as 50th-anniversary edition by Ilan Rotstein and John I. Ingle. Privileged to have received a complimentary copy of the book by one of the contributors, Prof. Khalid Al-Hezaimi, former Professor of Riyadh Elm University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, I decided to read through the book to understand what makes this 50th-anniversary edition a special one.

The book starts with a memorial to John I. Ingle (1919–2017). It was interesting to know how Dr. Ingle pursued to develop the standardization system in endodontic treatment: the 0.2 taper and metric measurements in 1957, which is still used today. The details on the “Washington Study” conducted by Dr. Ingle along with the pioneers as Dr. Larz Strindberg which focused on factors governing a successful root canal therapy and its historical contribution in endodontics are notably read-worthy. It was inspiring to know how Dr. Ingle's passion for disseminating knowledge in endodontics led to the milestone publication – 1st edition of Ingle's endodontics in 1965 and spanning over more than 50 years to its 7th version, the 50th-anniversary edition. Dr. Ingle always emphasized on saving a tooth with successful endodontic therapy than salvaging it with selective extractions for placing implant. Even though he was not against implants, he was a rigid believer that healthy root is far preferable and biological than a mechanical implant. His contributions definitely have a lasting impact on the dental fraternity, especially in endodontics.

Reading further, what grabbed my attention is the contributor's details. This edition has 40 chapters contributed by internationally acclaimed authors from six continents. A brief insight into the chapters revealed that all information in this new edition has been updated, including some chapters being completely updated based on recent concepts and evidence-based information. New concepts discussed with cutting edge knowledge and updates in core specialty are remarkable.

The book covers three main themes: The Science of Endodontics, The Practice of Endodontics, and Interdisciplinary Endodontics in two separate volumes. New chapters introduced in this edition include periradicular disease; dental innervations and pain of pulpal origin; cone-beam computed tomography; magnetic resonance imaging; preparation for endodontic treatment; endodontic therapy in teeth with anatomical variations; achieving long-term success with endodontic therapy; management of teeth with immature apices; regenerative endodontics; intentional replantation of endodontically-treated teeth; endodontic therapy in the elderly patient; and endodontic therapy in the pediatric patient.

With contributions from renowned professionals worldwide, the 50th-anniversary edition by Ilan Rotstein and John I. Ingle outshines in its yellow blaze and continues to set standards against which other endodontic textbooks will be related. Even though the textbook is designed to enlighten the endodontic graduate students and endodontists, it would be certainly an excellent resource to anyone interested in expanding their arena of knowledge in endodontics and essential part of every endodontist's archive.