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Cracked Teeth: Root Canal Treatment or Extraction



Course Overview:

Cracked teeth has always been a diagnostic dilemma for dentists. In the absence of clear etiologies regarding a patient’s signs and symptoms, we as dentists usually point an accusing finger at the innocent “CRACK”. However, a series of questions still stand: have we used all the measures to diagnose a cracked tooth? Have we considered all of the patient’s signs and symptoms in the diagnosis? Are these findings confirming each other or contradictory? Moreover, a level of uncertainty exists regarding the prognosis of the root canal treatment on a cracked tooth, yet the patient is burdened with the cost of the root canal treatment and a mandatory full cuspal coverage.  

The purpose of this presentation pertains to answering all your questions about how to present a cracked tooth to patients and make a professional decision which complies with the patient’s preference. 


At the end of the presentation, the audience should be able to:  

  • Confidently diagnose cracked teeth. 
  • Properly discuss the prognosis of cracked teeth with patients.  
  • Professionally decide when to perform root canal treatment on cracked teeth or provide alternative treatments. 


Farzad Danesh

Farzad Danesh
D.D.S. Cert. Endo F.R.C.D(c)

Dr. Farzad Danesh is a certified endodontist and has been in Endodontic practice for 27 years. He graduated from Tehran University, Iran, in 1993 with a specialty as well as a MSc degree in Endodontics. In 2011, he was admitted to the competitive Endodontic program (Dental Specialty Assessment and Training Program) at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry, and graduated in 2012. He successfully passed the National Dental Specialty Examination in Endodontics and became a Fellow of Royal College of Dentists of Canada, FRCD(C), in 2013. Currently, he maintains his private practice in midtown Toronto and will be serving new endodontic patients in our practice in Newmarket.  

Academically, Farzad was a professor and research collaborator with the Endodontics departments in Iran. He served the incoming graduate and undergraduate students as a teacher, mentor, and a colleague. Hhas published several articles in various international peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Endodontics and the International Journal of Endodontics. In 2012, he became an adjunct clinical professor at the University of Western Ontario, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, Ontario.  

Dr. Danesh has lectured in Canada and internationally on various topics in Endodontics including diagnosis, treatment, complications, and cracked teeth. In 2016, he presented “Diagnosis and management of different kinds of bleeding during endodontic treatment” via the Canadian Dental Association, Oasis discussion. His latest article was published in Ontario Dentist Journal in April 2020 on the topic of differential diagnosis of vertical root fracture, cracked tooth, and perforation. 

Dr. Danesh is a Fellow of the Royal College of the Dentists of Canada [FRCD(C)], and member of the Royal College of the Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO), the Ontario Dental Association (ODA), the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), and Ontario Society of Endodontists (OSE).






6:00pm - 9:00pm


641 Davis Dr., Lower Level, Newmarket, ON. ($5 Parking at northeast corner of Davis Dr. and Bolton Ave.)


$50.00 plus taxes (limited to 24 seats)

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