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More than 3,300 AAE members, guests and corporate partners took Seattle by storm at AAE15, May 6-9, 2015. The educational sessions offer information on topics ranging from 3-D imaging and nanomaterials to digital marketing strategies for the endodontic practice and building relationships for the future. Make sure your practice is ready for the technology of the future with these sessions from the leaders in the field.

All of the available sessions listed below were recorded live at the 2015 AAE Annual Meeting, AAE15. If a live AAE15 course is not listed below, it is not posted on Endo On Demand in any form due to the format of live presentation or speaker permission. In order to earn CE, you must view each presentation and pass the CE test. Select sessions are bundled together for CE credit. You must view each presentation in a bundle and pass the full CE test in order to receive CE credit for those sessions.

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  • NS-30 Can Endodontically Treated Teeth Last a Lifetime?

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Alan H. Gluskin, D.D.S. Preservation of the natural dentition has always been the most desired outcome in the practice of dentistry and a key factor in systemic and oral health. Endodontists and our allied restorative colleagues believe the restoration of oral health and function has, at its foundation, the reversal of disease and retention of natural teeth, with the goal of functioning for a lifetime. Is function for a lifetime realistic when a tooth has received endodontic therapy? What do we know about the biology of dentin behavior after our procedures and how should we think about those factors that limit structural longevity of the dentin? Is "minimally invasive endodontics" just a buzzword or does it offer real potential? Can advancing technology help us assess structure? Our critics are often poised to describe our endodontic procedures as "weakening." Yet the evidence within our own discipline argues the contrary. This presentation will discuss the influences and stresses of endodontic therapy and reflect upon the principles of dentin preservation in stabilizing load transfer to roots without compromising disinfection.

  • SP-3 Your Psychic Power: The Value of Intuition in Endodontic Decisions

    Product not yet rated Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Karl Woodmansey, D.D.S. Endodontists, like all humans, have highly evolved sensory-perception abilities. Endodontists use these senses for their patient interactions and the diagnosis and treatment of endodontic diseases. This presentation suggests that unrecognized intuitive senses may contribute significantly and unrecognizably to these processes. Although human intuition is a mysterious and powerful phenomenon, this presentation reviews the scientific basis of intuition and details possible methods of enhancing one’s intuitive powers. The presenter encourages endodontists to become more aware of the potential for these intuitive powers to exist in their own behaviors, and to embrace them as possibly enhancing their patients’ endodontic treatment outcomes.

  • SP-8 Successful Strategies to Pass the ABE Case History Porfolio Exam

    Product not yet rated Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Christopher Wenckus, D.D.S. Find out what the Board examiners like and don't like when they review your portfolio! This course is designed to aid Board-eligible candidates and their mentors in creating a passing case history portfolio. Too many hours go into the development of a case history portfolio to have it rejected. Examples of good portfolios, marginal portfolios and ugly (those not likely to pass) will be presented. Updates on the latest requirements of the Board, as well as information on finding tips and ideas on the web, will be presented to the participants. Complete explanation of case requirements will also be provided in detail. This course is a must for those getting ready to submit their portfolios in September.

  • SP-7 Past, Present and Future of Root Canal Instrumentation: Fixing the Points

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Gianluca Plotino, D.D.S., Ph.D., M.S. Nicola M M. Grande, D.D.S, Ph.D. Gianluca Gambarini, M.D., D.D.S. Mechanical instrumentation is still a critical step in the control of endodontic microbial infection for successful endodontics. The lecture will start by analyzing some of the basic concepts of root canal instrumentation, which have been established in the past, but still are discussed access cavity preparation, straight-line access, glide path and preflaring, crown-down and step-back techniques, tapers and dimensions of apical preparation. The main goal of this lecture is to describe and evaluate the current paradigm shift in all these phases of root canal instrumentation, including procedures like minimally invasive endodontics, mechanical glide path, single-length techniques, reciprocating movements, innovative designs and manufacturing processes, and deep shape apical preparation. The impact of these present advances on the quality of shaping procedures will be assessed clinically and with the aid of modern investigation techniques. Moreover, future technologies for cleaning and shaping the root canal system, including non-instrumentation techniques, will be discussed.

  • SP-6 Remediation Strategy for Students: On the Way to Competency (Educator Forum)

    Product not yet rated Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Alan H. Gluskin, D.D.S. Priya Sharma-Chand, B.D.S., M.S.D. Competency in endodontics for undergraduate dental students is not only difficult to define, but difficult to measure. Every student learns differently, posing challenges to educators during competency assessment, necessitating effective remediation strategies for skill enhancement. The prevalence of differing approaches, and varying remedial modalities adopted across dental schools, not only spells the need for a unified standard in competency assessment, but makes it far more challenging to establish a universally applicable benchmark for the dental student who struggles and requires remediation to overcome deficit skills. There is a need for standards and guidelines that would facilitate educators in identifying the teaching modalities and evaluation techniques that can be incorporated to enhance students’ skills and performance, while making the role of remediation more effective in competency assessment. The domain of remediation needs critical ‘rethink,’ and to be brought within the framework of a clearly defined policy that governs remediation, establishes remedial programs and strategies, and is applicable to achieve the fundamental objective of enabling students to improve their skills and become professionally competent.

  • SP-5 Thinking Outside the Box: Beyond Our Routine NSRCT, Retx and Root

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Rachele Luciano, D.M.D., F.R.C.D.(C) This presentation will discuss treatment options that are within the realm of endodontics but that are not routinely performed by specialists. Most endodontic practices, with few exceptions, limit their treatment options to nonsurgical root canal treatments, retreatments and some root-end resection surgeries. Literature review and case presentations on pulp capping, apexogenesis, apexification, revascularization, invasive cervical root resorption repair, autotransplantation, decompression, decoronation and trauma management will be presented. These cases differ from our usual treatments as endodontists and provide a service for our patients. These non-routine cases also provide personal satisfaction as clinicians and are impressive cases to present to referring doctors.

  • SP-9 Evolution of a Contemporary Endodontic Curriculum

    Product not yet rated Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Jordan L. Schweitzer, D.D.S., M.S. In the dental marketplace, there will continually be a proliferation of new file systems and obturation techniques available for purchase and use -- all gaining the attention of young practitioners who are continuing to grow and learn. So the real question is, as soon-to-be practitioners, should students be taught the “latest and greatest” or should the endodontic curriculum stay with the tried-and-true gold standards, allowing students to focus on them as stepping stones to more advanced methodologies after graduation? Recently, Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry switched from a conventional rotary system to a newer file system; simultaneously, a change was made from a somewhat controversial obturation system to one which could be conceived as being relatively simple, but with minimal long-term scientific support. Was this the right approach? Also, how has the decrease in the number of routine, uncomplicated clinical cases influenced our curriculum? This presentation will discuss multiple pathways to providing a contemporary endodontic curriculum for predoctoral students, illustrating the complexities and unforeseen difficulties along the way.

  • SP-16 The Evidence for Vertical Root Fracture Diagnosis in Endodontically Treated Teeth: To Have and Have Not

    Product not yet rated Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Aviad Tamse, D.M.D. In 2008, the AAE had stated that the combination of a sinus tract, isolated probing defect with or without a dowel, is pathognomonic for vertical root fracture (VRF) in endodontically treated teeth. When the diagnosis is done, extraction of the tooth or root is needed. Unfortunately, this combination does not occur often because VRF can mimic other clinical entities with a variety of radiographic manifestations. As a result, accurate and timely diagnosis of a vertical root fracture is still confusing and perplexing at times for the clinician. A recent systematic review analysis showed the lack of evidence-based data to support the usefulness of the clinical and radiographic evaluation methods. The rapid improvements in CBCT imaging techniques may soon be one of the useful means to achieving more accurate and timely diagnosis of VRFs in endodontically treated teeth.

  • SP-15 Contemporary Tridimensional Irrigation of Root Canal Systems: What Are the Clinical Implications on Endodontic Outcome?

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Cesar De Gregorio, D.D.S, M.S.D. The outcome of a nonsurgical endodontic therapy has barely changed over the last five decades, particularly in nonvital cases. This is a major concern when we consider all the technological improvements such as microscopes and NiTi files. New outcome studies have attributed this to our limitation to achieve effective and predictable disinfection of the root canal systems. In order to overcome this critical limitation, new irrigants, techniques and devices have been incorporated to endodontic therapy in the last decade. Our main challenge remains the apical third and its anatomical complexities. Understanding the physical limitations and fluid dynamics of a closed-canal system, with complex anatomy, is extremely important if we want to thoroughly disinfect the entire system and achieve our ultimate goal, healing of apical periodontitis. This presentation will discuss and illustrate all current techniques, activation systems and solutions to enhance disinfection and subsequently improve endodontic outcome.

  • SP-14 Pulp Regeneration: Challenges in Microbial Control

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Sahng Gyoon Kim, D.D.S., M.S. The regeneration of the pulp-dentin complex requires high-level disinfection of the root canal system prior to the application of tissue engineering principles. Indeed, previous work showed that the presence of microorganisms in the root canal system altered the patient’s innate regenerative capacity, resulting in ectopic tissue formation or a failure in regeneration. Current disinfection methods rely heavily on conventional antimicrobial irrigants and intracanal medicaments, including antibiotics and calcium hydroxide. However, there is palpable uncertainty about the efficacy of traditional microbial control for pulp regeneration. New disinfection tools, such as antibacterial nanoparticles and photoactivated disinfection, have been developed and investigated to overcome the limitations of traditional methods. This lecture will provide the current knowledge of antimicrobial treatment for pulp regeneration and its limitations as well as new antimicrobial therapies for enhanced disinfection. Additionally, the potential use of new disinfection methods in clinical regenerative endodontic treatment will be discussed for practitioners.

Disclosures

All speakers must disclose to the program audience any proprietary, financial or other personal interest of any nature of kind, in any product, service, source and/or company, or in any firm beneficially associated therewith that will be discussed or considered during their presentation. The AAE does not view the existence of these interests or uses as implying bias or decreasing the value to participants. The AAE, along with ADA CERP, feels that this disclosure is important for the participants to form their own judgment about each presentation. Please see each individual speaker's information within a session for disclosure information.

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