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How they do a root canal

It’s always fun to work on the cover of roots magazine. For this issue, which has just been printed, I wanted to try something a little different. This cover shows a handpiece and a file — the machinery used by the dentist during a root canal procedure — next to before-and-after X-ray images of a tooth that was treated.

cover of roots magazine managing editor Fred Michmershuizen

As a non-dentist, I have come to respect and admire those who perform root canal treatment. When I show friends who are not dentists the cover of a magazine like this, most get scared or grossed out. But the thing is, it’s scary-looking equipment like this in the hands of a trained professional that can take away your pain and save your tooth.

The latest issue of roots magazine includes my interview with the president of the AAE

I recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. Robert S. Roda, the incoming president of the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), during the association’s annual session, held recently in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Roda is a practicing endodontist in Arizona and an educator. My interview with him is published in the latest issue of roots magazine, shown below. The interview with Dr. Roda is also on the Dental Tribune website — direct link here.

Recent covers of roots magazine

As managing editor of roots magazine, I get to work with some fascinating images. Here are pictures of the covers of two of the most recent issues of roots, showing some of these wonderful photographs. I am very pleased with the way these turned out.

The first cover shown below features an image of a TrueTooth replica developed by Dr. L. Stephen Buchanan. The second cover shows the magnified insides of cleaned and disinfected root canal after treatment with a dental laser.


roots magazine cover Fred Michmershuizen
Cover of roots magazine featuring an image of a TrueTooth replica developed by Dr. L. Stephen Buchanan.



Cover of roots magazine featuring the magnified insides of cleaned and disinfected root canal walls after treatment with a laser.


In my humble opinion, these are the nicest-looking covers of roots that I have prepared to date. Which is your favorite?

Photograph of a tooth replica on the cover of roots magazine

One of the most interesting parts of my job at Dental Tribune is editing our endodontic magazine, called “roots.” The cover of the latest issue of roots features a photograph of a “TrueTooth” tooth replica, which is now used for training of endodontists, also known as root canal specialists.

The TrueTooth replicas are the invention of Dr. L. Stephen Buchanan of California, who is a brilliant dentist, lecturer and inventor. I interviewed Dr. Buchanan about his new tooth replicas and how they are used for endodontic education. If you have ever had a root canal, it’s the pulp chamber (or roots) that the dentist cleans out and fills. The more complex the canals, the more difficult the treatment — which is why it’s a good idea to go to a specialist if you ever need a root canal!

You can see the cover of roots and inside pages directly below. Click on the images to make them bigger. You can also read an online version of my interview with Dr. Buchanan by clicking here.

roots magazine Fred Michmershuizen