I feel honoured and excited to participate in Endodontic Topics, the new review journal focusing on all aspects of the science and art of endodontics, and I hope you will join me in celebrating this first issue, wherever you are! In contrast to future issues, which will focus on one area each, this issue covers different areas, all reviewed by my fellow Associate Editors. I selected the following review for this issue because it touches on several topics that have been assigned to me to cover in the future. In this review, you will find reference to endodontic treatment outcome criteria, concepts of endodontic health and disease, decision-making, treatment outcome of apical surgery and orthograde re-treatment, post-operative pain associated with the aforementioned procedures, removal of crowns and posts, as well as broken instruments, perforation repair, retrograde re-treatment and more. All of these topics are dealt with in this article in the context of case selection in the management of post-treatment disease. In the future, however, you will see the focus shifting to examining each of these topics on their own, with many of them being reviewed in greater detail by those researchers and clinicians quoted in this review. So, to my mind, this review is not just a review but a sign of things to come.
I look forward to working with many knowledgeable colleagues in the future to develop good quality, comprehensive and critical reviews for your benefit. I hope you find these reviews exciting and useful.