Our research, both clinically and in the lab, aims to improve the quality of lives through better endodontic therapy. Endodontics is more than root canal treatment and consequently our activities include projects both related to vital pulp therapy (VPT) and to non-surgical root canal treatment (RCT).

Regarding VPT, we are exploring various aspects of diagnostic methods and the predictive value of findings at the point of service for clinical outcomes. This research is supported by in vitro studies into immunomodulatory effects of contemporary and experimental biomaterials.

For conventional RCT our work aims to improve materials and usage parameters to make modern techniques accessible to clinicians and by extension to patients. One recent study looked at the utility of finite element analysis to predict behaviour of root canal instruments in the design phase. Other experiments include the assessment of root canal filling materials.

Overarchingly, the intent and possible impact of work in our lab is shown in publications, presentations and guidelines that collectively should lead to evidence-based good clinical practice in endodontics. Therefore, we are currently looking into barriers and enables in both VTP and RCT.

  • Clinical Study Vital Pulp Therapy
  • Barriers to widespread endodontic practice amongst general dentists in Queensland, Australia
  • Vital Pulp Treatment: Are treatment decisions related to dentist experiences and patients' socioeconomic class?
  • Point-of-Service Pulp Testing: Molecular and Optical Approaches

Up to date lists of publications for the Endodontics Clinical Research Unit can be found at the UQ Researchers pages of our staff:

Professor Ove Peters

Dr Christine Peters

Dr Unni Krishnan

Dr Trish Wright


Recent Top 20 Publications

1: Chan WS, Gulati K, Peters OA. <i>Advancing Nitinol</i>: From heat treatment to surface functionalization for nickel-titanium (NiTi) instruments in endodontics. Bioact Mater. 2022 Sep 27;22:91-111. doi: 10.1016/j.bioactmat.2022.09.008. PMID: 36203965; PMCID: PMC9520078.

2: Azim AA, Merdad K, Peters OA. Diagnosis consensus among endodontic specialists and general practitioners: An international survey and a proposed modification to the current diagnostic terminology. Int Endod J. 2022 Nov;55(11):1202-1211. doi: 10.1111/iej.13816. Epub 2022 Sep 10. PMID: 35984730.

3: Bulmer JA, Currell SD, Peters CI, Peters OA. Endodontic knowledge, attitudes and referral patterns in Australian general dentists. Aust Dent J. 2022 May 3. doi: 10.1111/adj.12912. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35505612.

4: Wan B, Chung BH, Zhang MR, Kim SA, Swain M, Peters OA, Krishnan U, Moule A. The Effect of Varying Occlusal Loading Conditions on Stress Distribution in Roots of Sound and Instrumented Molar Teeth: A Finite Element Analysis. J Endod. 2022 Jul;48(7):893-901. doi: 10.1016/j.joen.2022.03.009. Epub 2022 Apr 8. PMID: 35405160.

5: Hosseinpour S, Gaudin A, Peters OA. A critical analysis of research methods and experimental models to study biocompatibility of endodontic materials. Int Endod J. 2022 Apr;55 Suppl 2(Suppl 2):346-369. doi: 10.1111/iej.13701. Epub 2022 Feb 28. PMID: 35124840; PMCID: PMC9315036.

6: Arias A, Peters OA. Present status and future directions: Canal shaping. Int Endod J. 2022 May;55 Suppl 3(Suppl 3):637-655. doi: 10.1111/iej.13698. Epub 2022 Feb 16. PMID: 35118683; PMCID: PMC9303733.

7: Narasimhan B, Praveen R, Peters OA, Antonis C, Maret D, Nagendrababu V. Reverse parfocal adjustment. Int Endod J. 2022 Feb;55(2):179-181. doi: 10.1111/iej.13648. PMID: 35025115.

8: Lai GS, Davis S, Gluskin AH, Peters CI, Peters OA. Comparison of calcium hydroxide extrusion with syringe versus spiral filler delivery: A pilot study. Aust Endod J. 2021 Dec;47(3):408-414. doi: 10.1111/aej.12586. Epub 2021 Nov 5. PMID: 34741353.

9: Ha WN, Chaves GS, Decurcio D, Estrela C, Peters OA, Rossi-Fedele G. Remaining dentinal thickness after simulated post space preparation and the fit of prefabricated posts to root canal preparation shapes. J Am Dent Assoc. 2021 Dec;152(12):1020-1032.e12. doi: 10.1016/j.adaj.2021.06.014. Epub 2021 Oct 14. PMID: 34656294.

10: Daood U, Bapat RA, Sidhu P, Ilyas MS, Khan AS, Mak KK, Pichika MR, Nagendrababu V, Peters OA. Antibacterial and antibiofilm efficacy of k21-E in root canal disinfection. Dent Mater. 2021 Oct;37(10):1511-1528. doi: 10.1016/j.dental.2021.08.001. Epub 2021 Aug 20. PMID: 34420798.

11: Maret D, Peters OA, Ducreux P, Baqué P, Grizon J, Houze-Cerfon CH, Geeraerts T, Diemer F. The dental operating microscope: An opportunity for distance education in endodontics. Int Endod J. 2021 Aug;54(8):1417-1418. doi: 10.1111/iej.13546. PMID: 34271592.

12: Galicia JC, Peters OA. Proposal for a new diagnostic terminology to describe the status of the dental pulp. Int Endod J. 2021 Aug;54(8):1415-1416. doi: 10.1111/iej.13545. PMID: 34271591.

13: Maret D, Peters OA, Auria JP, Savall F, Vigarios E. Smartphone oral self-photography in teledentistry: Recommendations for the patient. J Telemed Telecare. 2021 Jun 23:1357633X211028513. doi: 10.1177/1357633X211028513. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34160332.

14: Chien PY, Walsh LJ, Peters OA. Finite element analysis of rotary nickel-titanium endodontic instruments: A critical review of the methodology. Eur J Oral Sci. 2021 Oct;129(5):e12802. doi: 10.1111/eos.12802. Epub 2021 Jun 8. PMID: 34105190.

15: Aubeux D, Peters OA, Hosseinpour S, Tessier S, Geoffroy V, Pérez F, Gaudin A. Specialized pro-resolving lipid mediators in endodontics: a narrative review. BMC Oral Health. 2021 May 24;21(1):276. doi: 10.1186/s12903-021-01619-8. PMID: 34030680; PMCID: PMC8142493.

16: Bhatia S, Nagendrababu V, Peters OA, Fawzy A, Daood U. Evaluation of usage-induced degradation of different endodontic file systems. Sci Rep. 2021 Apr 27;11(1):9027. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-88570-4. Erratum in: Sci Rep. 2021 Aug 2;11(1):16015. PMID: 33907252; PMCID: PMC8079699.

17: Saghiri MA, Nath D, Rahmani B, Amini S, Karamifar K, Peters OA. The effect of diabetes on Fracture Resistance of Teeth: An in vitro study. Aust Endod J. 2021 Dec;47(3):499-505. doi: 10.1111/aej.12512. Epub 2021 Apr 4. PMID: 33813800.

18: Perez-Villalba D, Macorra JC, Perez-Higueras JJ, Peters OA, Arias A. Body temperature fatigue behaviour of reciprocating and rotary glide path instruments in sodium hypochlorite solutions alone or combined with etidronate. Aust Endod J. 2021 Dec;47(3):450-456. doi: 10.1111/aej.12504. Epub 2021 Mar 15. PMID: 33720489.

19: Iacono F, Pirani C, Gatto MR, Prati C, Peters OA. Combining apical torsional load and cyclic fatigue resistance of NiTi instruments: New approach to determine the effective lifespan of rotary instruments. Aust Endod J. 2021 Dec;47(3):429-434. doi: 10.1111/aej.12495. Epub 2021 Mar 1. PMID: 33650137.

20: Tsotsis P, Dunlap C, Scott R, Arias A, Peters OA. A survey of current trends in root canal treatment: access cavity design and cleaning and shaping practices. Aust Endod J. 2021 Apr;47(1):27-33. doi: 10.1111/aej.12449. Epub 2020 Oct 8. PMID: 33030288.