A/Prof Lara Friedlander

Lara Friedlander

Endodontic case selection – How difficult is it and can I tackle it?

Endodontic treatment and outcomes for patients are best when clinicians can preoperatively assess the difficulty of the case and plan. Often patient factors, the presence of pain and time limitations make this more difficult. This interactive case based session will look at how we can assess case complexity in general practice and use this information to guide prognosis, treatment planning and informed consent processes.

Endodontic failure – What’s going on and what to do?

Endodontic failure can occur for a variety of reasons but the cause and clinical decision-making around endodontic retreatment or extraction can be challenging. Addressing patient expectations, causes of persistent disease and tooth restorability are essential when providing treatment options. This interactive case-based session will consider the factors that assist decision-making and treatment planning and illustrates how endodontic retreatment can offer patients aesthetic and/or biological/functional solutions.


Associate Professor Lara Friedlander, BDS MDS(Endo) PhD(Otago) FRACDS FICD completed her BDS in 1992, has a Masters in Endodontics and received a PhD from the University of Otago. She is an Associate Professor of Endodontics at the Faculty of Dentistry where she is Convenor of the Bachelor of Dental Surgery Degree and co-ordinates postgraduate clinical teaching in Endodontics. Lara is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists and is a NZ Dental Research Foundation Board Member. She has lectured internationally with publications and broad research interests in endodontic education, clinical research and oral immunopathology.

Most recently Lara has had key involvements in the establishment of New Zealand’s first Practice Based Research Network (PBRN) known as ARCH (Applied Research through Clinicians’ Hands) which aims to translate research from general practice into clinically useful initiatives that improve patient treatment outcomes in NZ. She regularly shares her knowledge, provides hands-on courses and clinical tips with dentists in NZ and internationally.