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Lorel Burns Awarded NIDCR Grant to Study Root Canal Therapy in Children

Lorel Burns, DDS, MS, an assistant professor of endodontics at New York University College of Dentistry, has received a grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) to study the prevalence and outcomes of root canal therapy in children.

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Lorel Burns, DDS, MS, an assistant professor of endodontics at New York University College of Dentistry, has received a grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) to study the prevalence and outcomes of root canal therapy in children. The award provides more than $805,000 over five years.

“Due to the lack of robust data comparing these endodontics strategies and their outcomes in children, clinicians may have difficulty making informed treatment decisions and evaluating quality of care. This underscores the need for rigorous assessment and quality measures specific to the pediatric population,” notes Burns.

To address this gap in knowledge, Burns will use a mixed-method approach to determine the prevalence, outcomes, and spending related to root canal therapy performed on children’s permanent teeth. The researchers will conduct a quantitative assessment using a large, population-based sample of administrative claims data from New York and Massachusetts. Through qualitative interviews with clinicians, Burns will also explore whether a variety of factors related to patients and providers influence treatment planning and decision-making.

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