Scott B. McClanahan, DDS, MS

Professor, Department of Restorative Sciences

Scott B. McClanahan

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-624-9900

Fax 612-626-2655

Office Address:
8-166 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Residency, Northwestern University Dental School (Endodontics), 1989

DDS, University of North Carolina, 1981

MS, Northwestern University, 1989

BA, University of North Carolina (Psychology), 1974


Dr. Scott B. McClanahan received a B.A. in 1974 and D.D.S. in 1981 both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1981, he entered the U.S. Navy as a dental officer. In 1986, Dr. McClanahan was selected by the Navy for civilian specialty training and completed his certificate of residency in endodontics at Northwestern University Dental School as well as a M.S. from Northwestern University in 1989. After three tours of duty as a clinical endodontist, Dr. McClanahan joined the faculty of the Endodontics Department at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School, Bethesda, MD in 1998 and in 2001, assumed the responsibilities of Chairman of the Endodontics Department and Director of the Advanced Specialty Education Program in Endodontics. He retired from active duty in September 2005. Dr. McClanahan joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry as an Associate Professor in November of 2005. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics.

Awards & Recognition

  • Fellow, International College of Dentists, October 2002
  • Fellow, Academy of General Dentistry, July 1988


Research Summary/Interests

Immunology/microbiology, coronal microleakage, restoration of endodontically treated teeth


  • Huttula AS, Tordik PA, Imamura GM, Eichmiller FC,McClanahan SB. The effect of ultrasonic post instrumentation on root surface temperature.J Endod 2006;32:1085-7.
  • Radel, RT, Goodell GG,McClanahan SB, Cohen ME. A comparison of endodontic file to root end length determination using Kodak RVG 6000, Schick CDR, and Kodak Insight Film.J Endod 2006, 32:566-8.
  • Ruff ML,McClanahan SB, Babel BS. In Vitro antifungal efficacy of four irrigants as a final rinse.J Endod 2006;32:331-3.
  • Mavec JC,McClanahan SB, Minah GE, Johnson JD, Blundell RE. Effects of an intracanal glass ionomer barrier on coronal microleakage in teeth with post space.J Endod 2006;32(2):120-122.
  • Crumpton BJ, Goodell GG,McClanahan SB. Effects on smear layer and debris removal with varying volumes of 17% EDTA after rotary instrumentationJ Endod 2005;31:536-8.
  • Maloney SM,McClanahan SB, Goodell GG. The effect of thermocycling on a colored glass ionomer intracoronal barrier.J Endod 2005;31:526-8.
  • Carson KR, Goodell GG,McClanahan SB. Comparison of the antimicrobial activity of six irrigants on primary endodontic pathogens.J Endod 2005;31:471-3.
  • Weber CD,McClanahan SB, Miller GA, Diener-West M, Johnson JD. The effect of passive ultrasonic activation of 2% chlorhexidine or 5.25% sodium hypochlorite irrigant on residual antimicrobial activity in root canals.J Endod 2003;29:562-4.
  • Pisano DM, Di Fiore PM,McClanahan SB, Lautenschlager EP, Duncan, JL. Intraorifice sealing of gutta-percha obturated root canals to prevent coronal microleakage.J Endod 1998;24:659-662.
  • Macroglobulin levels in healthy and inflamed dental pulps.J Endod 1994;20:546-550.
  • Rauschenberger CR,McClanahan SB, Pederson ED, Turner DW, Kaminiski EJ. Comparison of human PMN elastase, PMN cathepsin-G & Alpha-2 
  • McClanahan SB, Turner DW, Kaminski EJ, Osetek EM, Heuer MA. Natural modifiers of the inflammatory process in the human dental pulp.J Endod 1991;17:589-593.


In The News

McClanahan to be named American Board of Endodontics director