Dental Practice-Based Research Network (DPBRN) studies of pain and root canal therapy
Status: Active, but not recruiting participants
The Dental Practice-Based Research Network (DPBRN) recently awarded sub-contracts to Dr. Donald Nixdorf (Division of TMD and Orofacial Pain) to lead two projects focused on pain and root canal therapy (PDF). The main goal of these research projects is to understand who feels pain in association with root canal therapy, and how this pain affects those that feel it.
In 2010 and 2011, Dr. Nixdorf will collaborate with HealthPartners and private-practice dentists, both generalists and endodontists within this network, to recruit 300 patients in Minnesota and follow them for 6 months. The long-term goal of this research is to determine the risk factors for these pains, so that one day dentists can pre-emptively intervene to stop these pains from occurring.
This study is on-going but no longer recruiting participants. Dentists interested in further information about these studies can obtain additional details here: "Research Studies & Network Enrollment," or by contacting Dr. Nixdorf.