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  • 2017 Insight Track: DIAGNOSIS AND DECISION MAKING

    Product not yet rated Contains 6 Product(s)

    Six recorded sessions for the AAE 2017 Insight Track: Diagnosis and Decision Making.

    CE Hours: 6 Hours

    Sessions Include: 

    • Enhancing Diagnostic Information Yield from CBCT Imaging - Scott Makins, D.D.S., M.S.
    • Differential Diagnosis of the Different Types of Resorption - Paul Abbott, B.D.Sc., M.D.S., FRACDS(Endo)
    • Diagnosis of Crown and Root Fractures: Facts and Speculations - Aviad Tamse, D.M.D.
    • Decision-Making for the Compromised Tooth: Retain or Replace? - Scott Doyle, D.D.S., M.S.
    • The Great Pretenders: Strategies in Understanding When Pain is NOT of Endodontic Origin. - Donna Mattscheck, D.M.D. 
    • Contemporary Issues in Dental Pharmacology - Arthur Jeske, Ph.D., D.M.D.
  • SP-21 Effect of Photon-Initiated Photoacoustic Streaming on Root Canal Cleanliness

    Product not yet rated Contains 2 Component(s)

    Speaker: Ruben Rosas Aguilar D.D.S. Irrigation is a critical step in the microbial control phase of root canal treatment. Agitation devices are commonly used to improve irrigation.

    CE Hours: 0.0

    Course Description:

    Irrigation is a critical step in the microbial control phase of root canal treatment. Agitation devices are commonly used to improve irrigation.

    At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

    • Describe the scientific rationale of this new method of irrigation.
    • Identify pros and cons of different types of laser devices that have been used for irrigation.
    • Evaluate the role of irrigation/agitation methods in endodontics, including the benefits, limits and a comparison between the two.

    Ruben Rosas Aguilar D.D.S.

    In accordance with this policy, I declare that I have NO past or present proprietary or relevant financial relationship or receive gifts in kind (including soft intangible remuneration), consulting position or affiliation, or other personal interest of any nature or kind in any product, service, course and/or company, or in any firm beneficially associated therewith.

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

    Contains 5 Component(s), 1.5 credits offered

    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.

    CE Hours: 1.5

    Course Description: 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.  

    At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

    • Describe the structural weakening that occurs as a result of endodontic and restorative procedures.
    • Explain how imaging technologies can inform the practitioner about structural liability and fracture susceptibility.
    • Analyze the principles of cervical dentin preservation in stabilizing load transfer to roots and clinical strategies for protecting endodontically treated teeth.

    Alan H. Gluskin, D.D.S.

    Alan H. Gluskin DDS is currently Professor, Department of Endodontics, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, University of the Pacific in San Francisco, California. He is at present a Fellow of the International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists. Dr. Gluskin is a member of numerous societies including the American Association of Endodontists, the American Dental Association and the San Francisco Dental Society. He has served on the Educational Affairs Committee and the Research and Scientific Affairs Committee of the AAE. and was General Chair for AAE10 and AAE18. Dr. Gluskin is presently on the Executive Board of Directors of the AAE as Vice-President, and additionally functions on the editorial boards of the Journal of Endodontics and the International Journal of Endodontics. Dr. Gluskin is the 2017 recipient of the University of the Pacific’s Eberhardt Teacher-Scholar Award. He is co-editor of the textbooks Decision Making in Dental Treatment Planning and Practical Lessons in Endodontic Treatment.

    Alan H. Gluskin, D.D.S.

    I declare that I have no proprietary, financial, or other personal interest of any nature or kind in any product, service, course, and/or company, or in any firm beneficially associated therewith, that will be discussed or considered during the proposed presentation

  • SP-31 CBCT for Detecting Vertical Root Fracture in Endodontically Treated Teeth: How Solid Is the Evidence?

    Contains 5 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Speaker: Amir Azarpazhooh, D.D.S., M.Sc., PhD, FRCD(C). Because of the limitations of conventional radiography, the application of high-resolution cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) imaging in detecting VRF has generated considerable interest. The purpose of this presentation is to critically appraise the best clinical research available to demonstrate the diagnostic ability of CBCT in detecting VRFs in endodontically treated teeth.

    CE Hours: 0

    Course Description:

    A vertical root fracture (VRF) is the modern dentist's clinical dilemma; it is elusive to diagnose and notoriously known for its very poor prognosis. Because of the limitations of conventional radiography, the application of high-resolution cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) imaging in detecting VRF has generated considerable interest. However, the generated image is one of the most difficult to interpret because of the presence of imaging artifacts that may obscure the putative fracture plane. Consequently, the ability of CBCT to detect VRFs in endodontically treated teeth is an important clinical question to address. The purpose of this presentation is to critically appraise the best clinical research available to demonstrate the diagnostic ability of CBCT in detecting VRFs in endodontically treated teeth.

    At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

    • Describe the required steps in critical appraisal skills of diagnostic studies.
    • Evaluate the diagnostic ability of CBCT in detecting VRF in endodontically treated teeth.
    • Describe the probability that the interpretation of presence or absence of VRF is correct given the relationship between VRF prevalence and the CBCT predictive values.

    Amir Azarpazhooh, D.D.S., M.Sc., Ph.D., F.R.C.D.(C)

    Dr. Amir Azarpazhooh obtained his D.D.S. from Iran in 2001, and his specialty training in Canada at the University of Toronto in dental public health (2004-2007) and endodontics (2007-2010) combined with his Ph.D. degree (2007-2011). Dr. Azarpazhooh is an associate professor in the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, with a cross-appointment in the University of Toronto's clinical epidemiology program of the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation of the Faculty of Medicine, and the Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment (THETA) Collaborative. Dr. Azarpazhooh is also the head of division of endodontics and division of research at the department of dentistry, Mount Sinai Hospital and a clinician scientist with the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital, the key affiliated teaching hospital of the University of Toronto. He is also the Cochrane Collaboration regional site representative at the University of Toronto. Dr. Azarpazhooh has authored and co-authored more than 150 papers, abstracts and reports and has presented at over 50 national and international scientific meetings. His research interests include relationships between evidence-based dentistry and clinical decision making, patient-centered care, eliciting patient preferences in clinical decision-making. He is also a practicing endodontist (part time) in Toronto.

    Amir Azarpazhooh, D.D.S., M.Sc., PhD, FRCD(C)

    I declare that I have no proprietary, financial, or other personal interest of any nature or kind in any product, service, course, and/or company, or in any firm beneficially associated therewith, that will be discussed or considered during the proposed presentation.

  • PS-5 What to Say When

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Speakers: Lois J. Banta, Ronald I. Deblinger D.M.D., Cindy Ishimoto. Endodontic staff must be prepared every day to handle delicate conversations in a professional manner. Scenarios will be presented by endodontic actors to illustrate clinical and administrative challenges with patients, doctors and coworkers.

    CE Hours: 0.0

    Course Description:

    Endodontic staff must be prepared every day to handle delicate conversations in a professional manner. Scenarios will be presented by endodontic actors to illustrate clinical and administrative challenges with patients, doctors and coworkers. Be prepared for the difficult questions and situations!

    At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

    • Describe to clinical and administrative staff how to handle delicate questions from patients.
    • Demonstrate the power of communication in a practice when handled in a professional way.
    • Strengthen relationships with coworkers, patients and referring doctors with consistent answers.

    Lois J. Banta

    In accordance with this policy, I declare that I have NO past or present proprietary or relevant financial relationship or receive gifts in kind (including soft intangible remuneration), consulting position or affiliation, or other personal interest of any nature or kind in any product, service, course and/or company, or in any firm beneficially associated therewith.

    Ronald I. Deblinger D.M.D.

    In accordance with this policy, I declare that I have NO past or present proprietary or relevant financial relationship or receive gifts in kind (including soft intangible remuneration), consulting position or affiliation, or other personal interest of any nature or kind in any product, service, course and/or company, or in any firm beneficially associated therewith.

    Cindy Ishimoto

    In accordance with this policy, I declare that I have NO past or present proprietary or relevant financial relationship or receive gifts in kind (including soft intangible remuneration), consulting position or affiliation, or other personal interest of any nature or kind in any product, service, course and/or company, or in any firm beneficially associated therewith.

  • EP-16 Communication Solutions: Attitudes, Breakdowns and Conflict Resolutions

    Product not yet rated Contains 5 Component(s), 3 credits offered

    Speaker: Judy Kay Mausolf. Discover how to elevate your communication to a level that inspires open communication, prevents breakdowns, resolves conflict and builds trust and respect, resulting in high-performing team and patient relationships! Learn the skills to communicate positively and effectively with different and even difficult personalities.

    CE Credits: 3.0

    Program Overview:

    Discover how to elevate your communication to a level that inspires open communication, prevents breakdowns, resolves conflict and builds trust and respect, resulting in high-performing team and patient relationships! Learn the skills to communicate positively and effectively with different and even difficult personalities. Discover formats to hold positive, effective and efficient huddles and team meetings. Transform attitudes from toxic to tremendous and create a positive environment where everyone looks forward to coming to the office. Judy Kay, communications expert, will share how you can elevate the level of communication in your life!

    At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

    •  Express verbal skills to communicate effectively with difficult and different personalities, establish protocols that eliminate gossip, and express steps to address and resolve conflict.
    •  Identify behaviors that elevate trust and respect, discover methods that turn toxic attitudes to tremendous, and inspire a culture of appreciation and celebration.
    •  Associate fundamentals for effective huddles and team meetings

    Judy Kay Mausolf

    Judy Kay Mausolf is a dental practice management coach, speaker and author with expertise in helping others get happier and more successful! She coaches dentists and their teams how to become better leaders, work together better and deliver service with more passion and fun which ultimately result in growing their practice. She is Past President of National Speakers Association (Minnesota Chapter), Director of Sponsoring Partners for the Speaking Consulting Network, and a member of the National Speakers Association and Academy of Dental Management Consultants. She is author of two books; “Ta-Dah! And “Rise & Shine!”, and a contributing author for many dental magazines. She also publishes a monthly newsletter entitled “Show Your Shine”. Judy Kay lives in MN with her awesome husband Steve who makes her special coffee every morning and Zoe…it’s all about me, 7 pound Yorkie!

    Disclosure: In accordance with this policy, I declare I have a past or present proprietary or relevant financial relationship or receive gifts in kind (including soft intangible remuneration), consulting position or affiliation, or other personal interest of any nature or kind in any product, service, course and/or company, or in any firm beneficially associated therewith, as indicated below:

    Care Credit (Self) : Honorarium (Status: Ongoing)

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

    Product not yet rated Contains 5 Component(s), 1.5 credits offered

    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.

    CE Credits: 1.5

    Course Description:   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.  

    At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

    • Describe the scientific basis of intuition and decision-making.
    • Discuss methods to increase intuitive capacity and improve decisions.
    • Describe the influences of other senses on intuition.

    Karl F. Woodmansey D.D.S.

    Dr. Karl Woodmansey is a native of Montana. He received a B.S. degree in biomedical science from Montana State University in 1986 and a D.D.S. degree from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1989. Dr. Woodmansey practiced general dentistry for 17 years before returning to Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry in 2006 and completing a Certificate in Endodontics. As an endodontist, Dr. Woodmansey practiced in Bozeman, Montana, from 2008 to 2011 before accepting a full-time faculty appointment as Assistant Professor in the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry Department of Endodontics. Since 2015, Dr. Woodmansey has served as the Director of Graduate Endodontics at Saint Louis University. Dr. Woodmansey also serves as a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve Dental Corps, and is presently assigned to Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth as a Lieutenant Colonel. Dr. Woodmansey has been an active contributor to the dental profession, both locally and nationally. He is a “Diplomate” of the American Board of Endodontics and has achieved “Fellowship” in the Academy of General Dentistry, the Academy of Dentistry International, the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the American College Health Association. Dr. Woodmansey’s research interests are broad, with emphases in clinical applications of technology.

    Karl Woodmansey, D.D.S.  

    Disclosure: I declare that I have no proprietary, financial, or other personal interest of any nature or kind in any product, service, course, and/or company, or in any firm beneficially associated therewith, that will be discussed or considered during the proposed presentation.

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

    Contains 5 Component(s), 1.5 credits offered

    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.

    CE Credits: 1.5

    Course Description:   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.  

    At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

    • List alternative treatment options to nonsurgical root canal treatments, retreatments and root-end resection surgeries.
    • Describe the alternative procedures and give indications for each.
    • Describe ways to motivate referring doctors and patients to seek treatment with a specialist.

    Rachele Luciano, D.M.D., F.R.C.D.(C)

    Dr Rachele Luciano is a Board Certified Endodontist who obtained her D.M.D from McGill University in Montreal, Canada in 2007. She completed her post-graduate training at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, obtaining her Endodontics specialty certification in 2011. Dr Luciano is a member of the AAE and a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. She is an examiner and consultant for the RCD(C) and works full-time in private practice.

    Rachele Luciano, D.M.D., F.R.C.D.(C)  

    Disclosure: I declare that I have no proprietary, financial, or other personal interest of any nature or kind in any product, service, course, and/or company, or in any firm beneficially associated therewith, that will be discussed or considered during the proposed presentation.

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

    Product not yet rated Contains 5 Component(s), 1.5 credits offered

    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.

    CE Credits: 1.5

    Course Description:   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.  


    At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

    • Identify desired or essential outcomes of competency-based learning (knowledge, skills and values).
    • Identify challenges that educators face when establishing remedial strategies and assessing clinical competencies of students who do not meet expectations.
    • Determine the minimum training experiences or prerequisites for effective assessment of a competency, as per CODA standards, and when they should be incorporated within the curriculum for an effective educational experience.

    Alan H. Gluskin, D.D.S.

    Alan H. Gluskin DDS is currently Professor, Department of Endodontics, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, University of the Pacific in San Francisco, California. He is at present a Fellow of the International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists. Dr. Gluskin is a member of numerous societies including the American Association of Endodontists, the American Dental Association and the San Francisco Dental Society. He has served on the Educational Affairs Committee and the Research and Scientific Affairs Committee of the AAE. and was General Chair for AAE10 and AAE18. Dr. Gluskin is presently on the Executive Board of Directors of the AAE as Vice-President, and additionally functions on the editorial boards of the Journal of Endodontics and the International Journal of Endodontics. Dr. Gluskin is the 2017 recipient of the University of the Pacific’s Eberhardt Teacher-Scholar Award. He is co-editor of the textbooks Decision Making in Dental Treatment Planning and Practical Lessons in Endodontic Treatment.

    Priya Sharma-Chand, B.D.S., M.S.D.

    Dr. Chand is an assistant professor and director of the undergraduate endodontic clinic in the department of endodontics at the University of Maryland Dental School. She earned her B.D.S. at the Institute of Dental Sciences at Kle University in India and then went on to pursue her M.D.S. in endodontics at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Chand taught for three years at the University of Louisville as assistant professor in endodontics and has taught for four years at the University of Maryland. She has been an active full-time educator for seven years now.

    Alan H. Gluskin, D.D.S.

    Disclosure: I declare that I have no proprietary, financial, or other personal interest of any nature or kind in any product, service, course, and/or company, or in any firm beneficially associated therewith, that will be discussed or considered during the proposed presentation.

     Priya Sharma-Chand, B.D.S., M.S.D.  

    Disclosure: I declare that I have no proprietary, financial, or other personal interest of any nature or kind in any product, service, course, and/or company, or in any firm beneficially associated therewith, that will be discussed or considered during the proposed presentation.

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

    Contains 5 Component(s), 1.5 credits offered

    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.

    CE Credits: 1.5

    Course Description:   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.  

    At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

    • Describe the basic concepts of root canal instrumentation.
    • Evaluate critically the advantages and disadvantages of present technologies, instruments and techniques.
    • Discuss the future trends in root canal preparation.

    Gianluca Plotino, D.D.S., Ph.D., M.S.

    Gianluca Plotino DDS, PhD Gianluca Plotino was born in 1978 in Rome, Italy. He graduated in dentistry from the Catholic University of Sacred Heart of Rome in 2002. He received the “Alfred Bean Memorial” prize from the Chicago Dental Society for the best Italian research graduate thesis 2001-2003, the "Hans Genet Award" from the European Society of Endodontology for the best European Researcher in 2013 and several other research prizes. He became Assistant Professor of Endodontics in the School of Dentistry at the Catholic University of Rome spending his time teaching, giving lectures and partecipating in the faculty practice. Dr. Plotino was Professor of Endodontics in the School of Dental Hygiene from 2005 to 2008 at the Catholic University of Rome where he obtained his PhD in 2009. From 2009 he is working in the Department of Endodontics at the “Sapienza” - University of Rome as Senior Lecturer and Professor of Scientific English in the School of Dental Hygiene. Gianluca Plotino is a certified member of the European Society of Endodontology (ESE), International Member of the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), active member of the Italian Society of Conservative Dentistry (SIDOC) and the Italian Academy of Endodontics (AIE). Dr. Plotino is part of the Editorial Board and official reviewer of several journals and has organized several research groups worldwide. He is author and co-author of more than 70 articles in scientific international peer-reviewed journals with impact factor on different endodontic and restorative topics and he has contributed with 4 chapters in textbooks and monographies and with several images in the textbook of the Italian Society of Endodontics (SIE) "Atlas of Endodontic anatomy". Dr. Plotino has given several lectures, courses and hands-on courses worldwide and he also works in his own private practice limited to endodontics and restorative dentistry in Rome, Italy.

    Nicola M M. Grande, D.D.S, Ph.D.

    Nicola M Grande received his degree in Dentistry (DDS) from the Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy in 1999 with a degree thesis on the fracture of NiTi rotary instruments. He served as an Assistant Professor in Endodontics in the same University from 2001 to 2009. From 2009 to 2012 he has worked as Researcher in the Department of Endodontics at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. From 2013 he is Assistant Professor of Endodontics at the Catholic University of Sacred Heart (UCSC). He completed his PhD program at the Catholic University of Sacred Heart, in 2009, with a thesis on an innovative technique for the restoration of the endodontically treated teeth, that he has invented. His main scientific interests are the preparation of root canals with Nickel-Titanium rotary instruments, the study of anatomy and preparation of endodontic anatomy by micro-computed tomography techniques and the restoration of the endodontically treated teeth with new conservative approach. He contributed in the development of different instrument systems and new techniques, being even titular of international patents in endodontics and oral surgery fields. He is certified member of the European Society of Endodontology (ESE), International Member of the American Association of Endodontics (AAE), active member of the Italian Society of Conservative Dentistry (SIDOC) and of the Italian Academy of Endodontics (AIE). Dr. Grande has published extensively in international peer-reviewed journals, he is contributor in several books of endodontic interest, member of the Editorial board of international peer reviewed journals and he is lecturing both nationally and internationally as keynote speaker in the fields of endodontics, microsurgery and restorative dentistry. He works in private practice limited to endodontic and microsurgery in Rome – Italy.

    Gianluca Gambarini, M.D., D.D.S.

    Prof. Gambarini is Professor of Endodontics, University of Rome, La Sapienza. He is an international lecturer and researcher, author of more than 450 scientific articles, three books and many chapters in other books. He has lectured all over the world (more than 400 presentations) and has been invited as the main speaker in most important national and international endodontic congresses in Europe, North and South America, Asia, Middle East, Australia and South Africa. He has also lectured in many Universities worldwide. He has focused his interests on endodontic materials and clinical endodontics. He is actively cooperating with many manufacturers all over the world to develop new technologies, operative procedures, and materials for root canal treatment. He owns patents in the field. He is currently Chairman of the Clinical Practice commitee and member of Executive Booard of ESE ( european Society of endodontology). Still maintains a private practice in Roma.

    Gianluca Plotino, D.D.S., Ph.D., M.S.

    Disclosure: In accordance with this policy, I declare I have a past or present proprietary or relevant financial relationship or receive gifts in kind (including soft intangible remuneration), consulting position or affiliation, or other personal interest of any nature or kind in any product, service, course and/or company, or in any firm beneficially associated therewith, as indicated below:
    VDW Germany: Consultant (Status: Ongoing)

    Nicola M M. Grande, D.D.S, Ph.D.

    Disclosure: In accordance with this policy, I declare I have a past or present proprietary or relevant financial relationship or receive gifts in kind (including soft intangible remuneration), consulting position or affiliation, or other personal interest of any nature or kind in any product, service, course and/or company, or in any firm beneficially associated therewith, as indicated below:
    VDW Germany: Consultant (Status: Ongoing), Grant/Research Support (Status: Ongoing)

    Gianluca Gambarini, M.D., D.D.S.  

    Disclosure: In accordance with this policy, I declare I have a past or present proprietary or relevant financial relationship or receive gifts in kind (including soft intangible remuneration), consulting position or affiliation, or other personal interest of any nature or kind in any product, service, course and/or company, or in any firm beneficially associated therewith, as indicated below:
    Sybronendo: Grant/Research Support, Honorarium