Dr. Alfredo Iandolo is an Adjunct Professor in Endodontics at Salerno University, Italy.
He is a Certified Member of ESE, European Society of Endodontology and
Active Member SIE, Italian Society of Endodontics.
He is a Founder of the 3D Cleaning Project Group on Facebook which has around 24K dentists from around the globe. The goal of the 3D cleaning project is to emphasize and share the fundamental role of three-dimensional (3D) cleaning of the root canal systems using irrigants, techniques, scientific research, and clinical cases.
Dr. Zainab: What motivated you to start the "3D cleaning project"?
Dr.Alfredo: The idea behind creating the group by me and Dr Dina Abdel Latif was to introduce this particular technique of irrigant activation (3D) cleaning, created by me, to general practitioners. Moreover, the group aimed to drain the attention of all the dentists around the world to the importance of irrigant activation and other developed techniques in order to ensure not only the short-term success of the treatment but also the long-term as well.
Dr.Zainab: 3D cleaning is a FB family of 24K members. What were the initial challenges you faced while trying to encourage dentists to accept this concept?
Dr.Alfredo: The initial challenge was to open the eyes of the members to the fact that the root canal system is not only the main canal but rather a complex system that needs more effort to clean.
Dr.Zainab: You must have seen thousands of Root Canal Treatment(RCT) cases of clinicians around the globe, participating in various 3D cleaning contests. What do you think is the most common mistake that we make which leads to RCT failure?
Dr.Alfredo: Most of the cases posted on social media are the good cases we have so to judge the mistakes from that can be difficult. But I can say that some of the mistakes that I hope would be avoided are the lack of irrigant activation and the use of single cone obturation. Also, another mistake is to destroy a tooth in order to remove a broken file instead of trying to bypass it first just to document and share.
Dr.Zainab: What do you think will be the future trends in endodontics?
Dr.Alfredo: I think the future is for the conservative approach and the technology that will aid in achieving that including focusing more on irrigant activation and less on mechanical cleaning.
Dr.Zainab: We all look up to you for inspiration, whom do you follow for new learnings and inspiration?
Dr.Alfredo: Thank you for the kind compliment. Learning never stops and I try to learn from everyone and I always search and study.
Dr.Zainab: We would love to know about your hobbies beyond dentistry.
Dr.Alfredo: My hobbies are painting, astronomy, fishing, traveling, and hiking in nature.
Dr.Zainab: What message would you like to give to our young clinicians?
Dr.Alfredo: My message is don’t be impressed with social media's famous clinicians because evidence-based dentistry is the most reliable source of information.