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  • SP-32 Pain Outcomes After Root End Resection Surgery: Risk Factors for Acute and Persistent Pain

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    Speaker: Jennifer L. Gibbs, MS, DDS, PhD| For many patients, pain is the most important outcome of any endodontic intervention. Despite our best efforts to perform technically ideal procedures, how much post-operative pain will be experienced and for how long is often unpredictable

    CE: 1.0

    Course Description: 

    For many patients, pain is the most important outcome of any endodontic intervention. Despite our best efforts to perform technically ideal procedures, how much post-operative pain will be experienced and for how long is often unpredictable. Here we will discuss findings from a prospective study that measured post-operative pain intensity and duration after root end resection surgery. Risk factors identified in this study will be discussed and given context through the discussion of established risk factors for worse pain outcomes after surgery. We will also describe individual cases where the pain did not resolve after surgery and discuss whether these cases should be categorized as chronic post-surgical pain.

    At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

    • Explain the biological mechanisms contributing to individual variability in pain after surgery.
    • Identify risk factors that can help identify patients at risk for high intensity acute post-surgical pain.
    • Describe the phenomena of chronic post-surgical pain and the risk factors for chronic pain after root end resection surgery.

    Jennifer L. Gibbs, M.S., D.D.S., Ph.D.

    Dr. Gibbs received her dental degree and her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. She then completed a certificate in Endodontics and an M.A.S. in Clinical Research from the University of California San Francisco, as well as a postdoctoral training period. She was director of research at New York University from 2011-2018. In September of 2018 she became the Director of Endodontics at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. . Dr. Gibbs heads a translational research group focused on understanding the neurobiological mechanisms of orofacial pain with a focus on the nociceptors of the dental pulp, and pain resolution after endodontic treatment. She teaches clinically in the postgraduate Endodontic Program and lectures to both post-graduate and pre-doctoral students. Dr. Gibbs is active in the Faculty Practice at Harvard. She is a past Educator Fellow of the American Association of Endodontics and past president of the Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Therapeutics Group of the IADR.

    Jennifer L. Gibbs, MS, DDS, PhD

    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-41 Values-Based “Soft Skills” for the Endodontic Practice

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    Speakers: Brooke Blicher, D.M.D., Rebekah Lucier Pryles, DMD, Hannah Cohen, DDS, David Baker, DMD, Matthew Kerner, DMD, and Anthony Alonso| This presentation presents a novel research project which quantifies positive and negative reviews of endodontic practices to investigate qualities providers can explore to both promote positive experiences as well as minimize negative ones. A virtual panel discussion with a unique group of successful private practice owners will follow to discuss these findings as they relate to enhancing the patient experience in their offices.

    CE: .75

    Course Description: 

    More than ever before, patients communicate with the digital world about their experiences with endodontic care. The internet and social media are replete with crowd-sourced reviews that most often reflect their experiences in the office related to the soft skills of the provider - those skills and qualities that make patients feel comfortable and cared for. These skills are often valued by patients just as much as, if not more than, the technical quality of the work provided by their provider. 

    This presentation presents a novel research project which quantifies positive and negative reviews of endodontic practices to investigate qualities providers can explore to both promote positive experiences as well as minimize negative ones. A virtual panel discussion with a unique group of successful private practice owners will follow to discuss these findings as they relate to enhancing the patient experience in their offices.

    At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

    • List the qualities patients value in their experiences in endodontic practice.
    • Describe the interpersonal communication and practice elements that make up the “soft skills” of endodontic practice.
    • Discuss strategies to gain trust, communicate effectively and provide compassionate care to enhance the patient experience in one’s own clinical practice.

    Brooke Blicher, D.M.D.

    Dr. Blicher received her DMD degree from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and completed her Endodontics residency at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She joined Upper Valley Endodontics in Vermont in 2009. Dr. Blicher continues to teach at both Harvard and Tufts dental schools, and is on dental staff at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical center. An active researcher, she has several publications in major dental journals, and most recently co-authored the textbook Endodontics Review: A Study Guide. Dr. Blicher completed the process of board certification in 2013, and is a diplomate in the American Board of Endodontics

    Rebekah Lucier Pryles, D.M.D.

    SP-45 Outcomes in Endodontics: An Evidence-Based Look at Prognosis

    Dr. Rebekah Lucier Pryles received her BS in Chemistry from Providence College, her DMD from the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine where she graduated as valedictorian, and her certificate in Endodontics from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She continues to be involved in teaching and research and holds a faculty appointment at Tufts. Dr. Lucier Pryles is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. While providing state of the art specialty care in her private practice in White River Junction, Vermont, she continues to pursue her academic interests. Dr. Lucier Pryles most recently co-wrote the textbook, Endodontics: A Review, with Dr. Blicher and Dr. Jarshen Lin. She has published extensively, including in Inside Dentistry and the Journal of Periodontics. Along with Dr. Blicher, Dr. Lucier Pryles has lectured both locally and internationally on endodontic diagnosis, non-odontogenic pain, fractures, trauma, resorption, treatment of immature teeth, and CBCTs in endodontics as well as on ideal restorative care following endodontic treatment. Dr. Lucier Pryles is involved with dentistry on a policy level, and is currently serving a term on the board of the Vermont State Dental Society.

    Hannah Cohen, DDS

    Dr. Hannah Cohen graduated with Highest Honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Biological Sciences (2013). She received her D.D.S. from University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco (2017). Dr. Cohen is currently a resident in the Postgraduate Endodontics program at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.

    David Baker, DMD

    Dr. Baker graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science degree. He received his DMD degree from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, from which he graduated magna cum laude. Following graduation from dental school, Dr. Baker pursued his specialty training in the Department of Endodontics at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Following residency, Dr. Baker joined Dr. Kenneth Kahn at the New Mexico Endodontic Center. Dr. Baker became a diplomate in the American Board of Endodontics in 2014. He is active in local and national dental organizations including the American Association of Endodontists, the American Dental Association, the New Mexico Dental Association, and the Santa Fe District Dental Society.

    Matthew Kerner, DMD

    Dr. Kerner received his B.Sc. (1997) and D.M.D from McGill University (2003). He completed a general practice residency at Fletcher Allen Health Care/University of Vermont (2004) and received his certificate in Endodontics from Tufts University (2010). Dr. Kerner is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. He is on staff as a clinical instructor at the Jewish General Hospital and McGill University Health Center (MUHC) in Montreal and is a member of both the American Association of Endodontists and the Canadian Academy of Endodontics. He practices Endodontics daily with three other Endodontists, at the Centre Endodontique de Montreal.

    Anthony Alonso

    Dr. Alonso hails from Miami, Florida. He received his Bachelors of Science in Biology from Duke University, and his DMD, graduating Summa Cum Laude, from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Alonso stayed at Tufts for his training in the specialty of endodontics where he received his certificate. Following this, he returned to Miami, where he started his practice, Endodontix Dental Group, from scratch in Coral Gables. His practice is dedicated to the highest quality specialty care and providing exceptional service to his patients. Dr. Alonso is actively involved in many dental organizations. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, and is a member of the American Association of Endodontists, the Florida Association of Endodontists, the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, The Pierre Fauchard Academy, the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society, the American Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association, the South Florida District Dental Association, the Miami Dade Dental Society, the Seattle Study Club, and the Granada Study Club. Dr. Alonso donates time to teaching dental residents and to community service. Dr. Alonso is on the board of directors at West Kendall Baptist Hospital and serves on the boards for both Baptist Outpatient Services and Baptist Health Enterprises. Away from the practice of endodontics, Dr. Alonso is very active. When he is not spending time with his wife and three daughters, Dr. Alonso is usually outdoors running. He has completed numerous marathons, half marathons and other races.

    Brooke Blicher, D.M.D.
    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: Dentsply (Self) : On-board Speaker (Status: Ongoing), Other Financial or Material Support (Status: Ongoing)

    Rebekah Lucier Pryles, DMD
    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: Dentsply (Self) : On-board Speaker (Status: Ongoing), Other Financial or Material Support (Status: Ongoing)

    Hannah Cohen, DDS
    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.

    David Baker, DMD
    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.

    Matthew Kerner, DMD
    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.

    Anthony Alonso
    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-50 New Clinical Techniques and Research in Regenerative Endodontics

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    Speaker: Jerome J. Cymerman, D.M.D.| This presentation will describe an enhanced revision of endodontic regenerative therapy to treat non-vital or previously treated open apex teeth. This incorporates the addition of a bovine collagen-carbonate apatite scaffold to the currently established regenerative endodontic technique.

    CE: 1.0

    Course Description: 

    This presentation will describe an enhanced revision of endodontic regenerative therapy to treat non-vital or previously treated open apex teeth. This incorporates the addition of a bovine collagen-carbonate apatite scaffold to the currently established regenerative endodontic technique. Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) and two-dimensional radiography were used pre-operatively and at follow-up visits to assess healing. Follow-up findings include resolution of periapical radiolucencies and diffuse radio-opacities in the coronal portions of the canal spaces. The technique of adding a collagen-carbonate apatite scaffold to the existing regenerative endodontic therapy protocol results in substantial hard tissue repair. Case reports will be presented and the technique of placing the collagen-carbonate apatite scaffold will be reviewed. Proper case selection and treatment of regenerative endodontic failures will also be reviewed. New directions in enhancing the regenerative technique will be discussed.

    At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

    • Describe the history of regenerative endodontic therapy and future directions in research.
    • Describe CBCT interpretation of results relating to the histology of the tissue formed.
    • Describe placement of a bovine collagen-carbonate apatite scaffold within the current regenerative technique.

    Jerome J. Cymerman, D.M.D.

    Dr. Jerome J. Cymerman has been in private endodontic practice in Stony Brook, N.Y., since 1983. He received his D.M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He is the program director of the advanced specialty education program in endodontics and the director of the division of endodontics at the Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine. He has lectured nationally and internationally and has had numerous publications in the "Journal of Endodontics." Dr. Cymerman is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics.

    Jerome J. Cymerman, D.M.D.

    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-57 Differentiating Resorption

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    Speaker: Brooke Blicher, D.M.D.; Rebekah Lucier Pryles| This lecture presents an organized, evidence-based algorithm for differentiation among resorption classifications. It reviews the shared and unique pathophysiology of root resorption, included internal, external and invasive cervical varieties.

    CE: 1.0

    Course Description: 

    Though endodontists frequently encounter resorptive dental conditions, significant misunderstanding of these pathologies exists within the greater dental community. The Glossary of Endodontic Terms defines resorption as a “condition associated with either a physiologic or pathologic process resulting in a loss of dentin, cementum and/or bone." Though seemingly simplistic, resorption represents a set of diverse processes and corresponding etiologies, resulting in heterogeneous presentations. This lecture presents an organized, evidence-based algorithm for differentiation among resorption classifications. It reviews the shared and unique pathophysiology of root resorption, included internal, external and invasive cervical varieties. Evidence-based management strategies will be discussed, including detailed protocols and a discussion of the prognosis of differing treatments. With an emphasis on provider-patient and provider-referrer communication, attendees will gain confidence in their ability to accurately explain this unique and important diagnostic entity.

    At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

    • Define the diagnostic classes of pathologic root resorption, as well as their etiology and pathogenesis.
    • Establish an evidence-based algorithm for accurate resorption diagnosis and treatment.
    • Discuss communication strategies with patients and referring dentists alike.

    Brooke Blicher, D.M.D.

    Dr. Blicher received her DMD degree from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and completed her Endodontics residency at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She joined Upper Valley Endodontics in Vermont in 2009. Dr. Blicher continues to teach at both Harvard and Tufts dental schools, and is on dental staff at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical center. An active researcher, she has several publications in major dental journals, and most recently co-authored the textbook Endodontics Review: A Study Guide. Dr. Blicher completed the process of board certification in 2013, and is a diplomate in the American Board of Endodontics

    Rebekah Lucier Pryles, D.M.D.

    SP-45 Outcomes in Endodontics: An Evidence-Based Look at Prognosis

    Dr. Rebekah Lucier Pryles received her BS in Chemistry from Providence College, her DMD from the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine where she graduated as valedictorian, and her certificate in Endodontics from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She continues to be involved in teaching and research and holds a faculty appointment at Tufts. Dr. Lucier Pryles is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. While providing state of the art specialty care in her private practice in White River Junction, Vermont, she continues to pursue her academic interests. Dr. Lucier Pryles most recently co-wrote the textbook, Endodontics: A Review, with Dr. Blicher and Dr. Jarshen Lin. She has published extensively, including in Inside Dentistry and the Journal of Periodontics. Along with Dr. Blicher, Dr. Lucier Pryles has lectured both locally and internationally on endodontic diagnosis, non-odontogenic pain, fractures, trauma, resorption, treatment of immature teeth, and CBCTs in endodontics as well as on ideal restorative care following endodontic treatment. Dr. Lucier Pryles is involved with dentistry on a policy level, and is currently serving a term on the board of the Vermont State Dental Society.

    Brooke Blicher, D.M.D.

    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: Dentsply (Self) : On-board Speaker (Status: Ongoing), Other Financial or Material Support (Status: Ongoing)

    Rebekah Lucier Pryles, DMD

    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: Dentsply Tulsa (Self) : Honorarium (Status: Ongoing)

  • SP-59 Where are Dental Pulp Stem Cells in the Pulp? What Can They Do For Us?

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    Speaker: George Huang, D.D.S., M.S.D., D.Sc.| This presentation attempts to provide updated knowledge on the current understanding of dental pulp stem cells, oral stem cells and the ongoing research.

    CE: 1.0

    Course Description: 

    Dental pulp stem cells have been discovered for almost 20 years. Since then, various oral stem cells have also been identified which have drawn tremendous attention from the medical and dental community. Particularly, they have led to the establishment of a new discipline in endodontics - regenerative endodontics. However, the education of oral stem cells or stem cells in general in our field is still limited. Starting from the biology courses at the undergraduate level to medical and dental curricula, teaching of stem cell biology has been minimum, if any. Lacking such knowledge may reduce the ability of our clinical judgment in diagnosis, treatment and outcome prediction. This presentation attempts to provide updated knowledge on the current understanding of dental pulp stem cells, oral stem cells and the ongoing research. The following areas will be covered: i) The physical location of oral stem cells in dental tissues. ii) The basic biological properties of oral stem cells and stem cells in general. iii) Oral stem cells for regenerative endodontics. iv) Oral stem cells for medical applications.

    At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

    • Describe the basic biology of stem cells.
    • List various oral stem cells and describe their in situ locations.
    • Discuss the clinical relevance of oral stem cells.

    George T-J. Huang, D.D.S., M.S.D., D.Sc.

    Dr. Huang is a board certified endodontist, currently Professor and Director for Stem Cells and Regenerative Therapies, Department of Bioscience Research at UTHSC, College of Dentistry. He is the former Chair/Herbert Schilder Professor in Endodontics, at Boston University, also a former Chair in Endodontics at Columbia University. Dr. Huang has published more than 170 research articles, abstracts, review articles, including papers in Stem Cells, Stem Cells and Development, Stem Cell Research and Therapy, Tissue Engineering, Regenerative Medicine, Infection and Immunity, Human Gene Therapy, Journal of Dental Research, Journal of Endodontics, etc; book chapters in books such as Ingle’s Endodontics, Cohen’s Pathways of the Pulp, Endodontic Microbiology, Principles of Regenerative Medicine, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Dentistry, Tissue-Specific Stem Cell Niche, Material-Tissue Interfacial Phenomena, etc; and co-edited with Dr. Irma Thesleff and wrote chapters for the text book “Stem cells, craniofacial development and regeneration”, in 2013. His research has been funded by various sources including NIH and AAE Foundation.

    George T.J. Huang, D.D.S., M.S.D., D.Sc.

    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-61 PPRC Session: AAE Consumer Campaign: Making Endodontists Part of a Bigger Conversation

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    Speakers: Mark B. Desrosiers, D.M.D., Kim FitzSimmons, | If you care about more people knowing who endodontists are and more people deciding to save their natural teeth, this is a must-attend session.

    CE: 1.5

    Course Description: 

    If you care about more people knowing who endodontists are and more people deciding to save their natural teeth, this is a must-attend session. Tina-Marie Adams, APCO Worldwide; Kim FitzSimmons, AAE; and Dr. Mark Desrosiers, chair of the AAE’s Public and Professional Relations Committee, will talk about the national consumer campaign the AAE is embarking on and how you can be a part of the effort and ultimately benefit your own practice.

    At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

    • Gain a deeper understanding of the goals, strategies and creative behind AAE’s national consumer pilot campaign.
    • Understand how inserting endodontists into broader discussions beyond the profession helps increase awareness.
    • Learn how individual and group practitioners can apply content and approaches from the campaign to your practice to advance the profession and your business.

    Mark B.. Desrosiers, D.MD

    Dr. Mark Desrosiers graduated from Penn Dental in 1984 with what was at that time a significant amount of debt. After graduation he served three years in the Navy, then one year as an associate before purchasing a general, dental practice. After twenty years as a general dentist he sold his practice and then completed a two-year endodontic certificate program at Boston University. He was an associate and then partner in a four-doctor endodontic group until February, 2018 when he sold his share of the partnership to semi-retire. Now working three days per week and volunteer teaching one day every third week, he is enjoying the slower pace of semi-retirement. In his free time Dr. Desrosiers enjoys traveling with his wife, visiting his grown children, swimming, sailing, hiking and scuba diving. He credits his financial position to delayed gratification and life balance; concepts that will be discussed during the presentation.

    Kim FitzSimmons, M.B.A.

    Kim FitzSimmons, M.B.A., joined the AAE staff in February 2017 as Assistant Executive Director for Marketing and Communications. She brings more than 19 years’ experience leading award-winning marketing for national healthcare brands, including two medical associations. Kim majored in marketing and accounting at the University of Cincinnati Carl H. Linder Collage of Business and earned her M.B.A. at Roosevelt University Heller Collage of Business. Kim heads the Marketing and Communications department and oversees the Association’s marketing, communications and public relations activities. She serves as a staff liaison to the Editorial Board, AAE Connection and Public and Professional Relations Committees.

    Mark B. Desrosiers, D.M.D.
    Kim FitzSimmons, M.B.A.

    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-62 Educator Forum: Teaching a Single Standard of Endodontics

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    Speakers: Alan H. Gluskin, D.D.S., William Thomas. Johnson, D.D.S., M.S., Bettina Basrani, D.D.S., Ph.D., M.Sc.| In 2017, the AAE Executive Board determined that there was so much poor and professionally shameful endodontics in the private sector by non-specialists that our specialty needed to stand up and publish the quality standards in endodontics that we recognize and value in patient care.

    CE: 1.5

    Course Description: 

    In 2017, the AAE Executive Board determined that there was so much poor and professionally shameful endodontics in the private sector by non-specialists that our specialty needed to stand up and publish the quality standards in endodontics that we recognize and value in patient care.

    A special committee of educator-endodontists wrote a first “White Paper” in 2017, defining the recognized standards in our specialty for endodontic diagnosis, treatment planning and prognosis in endodontic treatment. In 2018, the AAE was determined to publish a second “White Paper” to uphold the principles of best practice and high practice standards in the area of non-surgical treatment.

    The AAE Board of Directors has agreed upon a strategy to market excerpts from these papers to various audiences and groups who are our “customers”. These groups range from dental schools, the lay public and other audiences including insurance associations, state dental boards, etc.
    Endodontic educators are encouraged to create curricula that emphasize trust and accountability in personal skill and the requirement to refer when that skill is deficient.

    The session will begin with a 5-10-minute ADEA Endodontic Section Business Meeting.

    At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

    • Discuss educational issues and challenges in teaching diagnosis, treatment planning, and treatment in endodontics to predoctoral students.
    • Describe the rationale for developing standards for endodontic treatment by the general dentist, and identify potential uses of the recently developed standards in education and practice.
    • Discuss how Canadian educators will address the implementation of the single standard of endodontics.

    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.

    William Thomas Johnson, D.D.S., M.S.

    Dr. Johnson joined the University of Iowa College of Dentistry 1991 after eight years at the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry where he served as Chair of the Department of Endodontics. He was Department Chair at Iowa for 12 years and in 2006 Dr. Johnson was awarded the Richard E. Walton Endodontic Professorship by Provost. Chair of the Educational Affairs Committee of the AAE 1994, Chair of the Continuing Education Committee 2007 and was General Chair of the AAE Annual Session in 2005. He served as a Director of ABE. Secretary of the board 1997-98. President of the board 1999-2000. In 2001 he was elected to three-year term on AAE Board of Directors. Dr. Johnson served as President of the AAE in 2012. Dr. Johnson has published over 40 manuscripts and numerous book chapters. He was Editor of the Color Atlas of Endodontics. Senior author for "Obturation" chapter for Pathways of the Pulp, senior author for "Access" chapter and "Instrumentation" chapters for Principles and Practice of Endodontics. Dr. Johnson currently servs on the ADA National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards and the CODA Endodontic Review Committee. Dental officer in U.S. Army at Fort Sill 1975-77, active member of the 294th Medical Detachment of the Iowa Army National Guard 1977-1995. 1993 awarded the "A" Proficiency Designator, the highest award for professional achievement given by the Office of the Surgeon General, United States Army. . In 1995 retired from Iowa Army National Guard with rank of Brigadier General. C

    Bettina R. Basrani D.D.S., M.S.D., Ph.D.

    Dr. Bettina Basrani is Associate Professor and Director of the M.Sc. Endodontics Program at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, Canada. With over 30 peer-reviewed publications, textbook chapters, textbooks and abstracts to her credit, she has been a constant contributor to endodontic science and clinical knowledge. Dr. Basrani’s research focuses on intracanal medication and root canal irrigation, including agents and delivery methods.

    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.

    William Thomas Johnson, D.D.S., M.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.

    Bettina Basrani, D.D.S., Ph.D., M.Sc.
    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-55 New Designs in Mechanical Instrumentation: How Metalurgia Can Help Us to Work Safer and with Better Clinical Results

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    Speakers: José Aranguren, D.D.S., M.S..| In this session we will learn how can we work safer and with better results in the shaping procedure.​

    CE: 1.0

    Course Description: 

    Heat-treated NiTi mechanized files have shown improved properties compared to non-heat NiTi. They can also be used in more challenging cases, give a better canal shape, be more efficient and have a slightly different feel when using them of heat-treated NiTi mechanized files during endodontic treatment. The presentation It will also include cyclic fatigue, bending and torsional tests comparing heat-treated vs. non-heated treated NiTi mechanized files. Learning metalurgia we can understand how the files performance inside the canal. In this session we will learn how can we work safer and with better results in the shaping procedure.

    At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

    • Discuss the differences between heat-treated and vs. non-heat treated NiTi mechanized files.
    • Describe how the cyclic fatigue, bending and torsional test were performed, and results will be presented.
    • Describe clinical observations of better performance of NiTi instruments during endodontic treatment.

    José Aranguren, D.D.S., M.S.

    José Aranguren Cangas Dr. José Aranguren received his Doctor Of Dental Surgery Degree in 2000, from the Universidad Europea de Madrid(UEM), in Madrid, Spain. He has practicing exclusively Endodontics since 2000. Dr. Aranguren received his Specialty Certificated in Endodontics from the Southern Mississippi University (USM), Madrid. He has been involved in academics since 2003, and practicing exclusively Endodontics in Madrid, Spain. His major area of scientific research interest include the performance of nickel-titanium endodontic instruments, and Metalurgia. Dr. Aranguren is an internationally recognized lecturer; he is the author of numerous scientific papers published in peer-reviewed journals as well as dental magazines. And also coautor of the book “Microdentistry a practical guide”. (2014). Dr. Aranguren is Associate Professor of Endodontics at the University Rey Juan Carlos of Madrid and Professor of the Director of thr Postgraduate program in Advanced Endodontics at the Rey Juan Carlos University. Now he is also a Faculty member at the International Dental Institute (IDI) and International Endodontic Institute (IEI) in Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He is the secretary of the Spanish Society of Endodontics, Member of the American Association of Endodontics and Member of the Carl Zeiss Dental Academy.

    José Aranguren, D.D.S., M.S.

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  • SP-40 A Practical Approach to Evidence-Based Endodontics

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    Speakers: Amir Azarpazhooh, D.D.S., Ph.D., M.Sc..| This presentation will explain how to use a research report to inform clinical decisions pertaining to questions of therapy.

    CE: 1.0

    Course Description: 

    Dentists spend most of their time administering treatments to their patients. Many of the clinical questions that arise in clinical practice have to do with the effectiveness of treatments or interventions. This presentation will explain how to use a research report to inform clinical decisions pertaining to questions of therapy. It will introduce and describe the basic concepts for understanding randomized controlled trials, and how to critically appraise the validity, reliability and applicability of such studies.

    At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

    • To describe the basic structure of randomized controlled trials from the information reported by authors.
    • To identify potential sources of bias in randomized controlled trials.
    • To describe the concept of validity in randomized controlled trials.

    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., Ph.D., M.Sc.

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  • NS-12 Difficult Cases. Difficult Decisions! An interactive case-based treatment planning session

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    Speakers: Adham A. Azim; Scott L..Doyle, D.D.S., M.S.;Mohamed Fayad, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.; Philip Michaelson, MS, DMD| In this interactive case-based learning session, the audience will engage directly with the speakers through the Q&A polling feature and get to make a decision on the best treatment plan possible for each case presented. Our speakers, with their years of experience as clinicians and educators, will then discuss their decision-making process in managing the various challenges using surgical and/or non-surgical approaches. They will also review the various factors that should be considered prior to initiating treatment, as well as the prognosis expected, based on the best level of evidence available today.

    CE: 2.0

    Course Description: 

    During the daily clinical work, we encounter a variety of clinical cases where diagnosis, decision making, and treatment planning can be very challenging. Addressing cases with multiple levels of difficulty, where compelling level of evidence regarding the treatment outcome is lacking, may often result in considering extraction rather than preserving the natural dentition. 

    In this interactive case-based learning session, the audience will engage directly with the speakers through the Q&A polling feature and get to make a decision on the best treatment plan possible for each case presented. Our speakers, with their years of experience as clinicians and educators, will then discuss their decision-making process in managing the various challenges using surgical and/or non-surgical approaches. They will also review the various factors that should be considered prior to initiating treatment, as well as the prognosis expected, based on the best level of evidence available today. 

    At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

    • Recognize the parameters that can influence the decision making process.
    • Explain the best available evidence when it comes to managing complex clinical cases.
    • Describe the treatment options to save the natural dentition.

    Adham Azim B.D.S.

    Dr. Azim is the Division Head & Director of the Endodontic Post-Graduate Program at the University at Buffalo (UB) in New York and he maintains a private practice limited to Endodontics. He is also the Founder and Chief Editor of Endolit. Dr. Azim earned his BDS from Cairo University, where he also did his endodontic training. He practiced as an Endodontist in Cairo for a few years in several private practices and his own clinic. In 2010, he joined the Endodontic Post-Doctoral program at Columbia University, where he was first a resident and later a part-time faculty. Dr. Azim later joined the Endodontic Department at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center where he worked as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Azim is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. He has lectured all over the world and has been awarded several times for his research work including the 1st prize in the American Association of Endodontics research Award Competition (Boston 2012) and 1st prize in the Pan Arab Endodontic Conference (Dubai 2012). He has numerous publication in peer-reviewed journals. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Journal of Endodontics. He is also a reviewer for multiple other Endodontic journals such as International Endodontic Journal and Journal of Dental Traumatology.

    Scott L. Doyle, D.D.S., M.S.

    Dr. Doyle received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995 and his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Minnesota in 1999. After graduation from dental school, Dr. Doyle served in the United States Air Force for seven years. His first assignment was at Eglin AFB, Florida, where he completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency. Dr. Doyle practiced as a general dentist for two years at Altus AFB, Oklahoma, prior to his acceptance into an endodontic residency. Dr. Doyle obtained both his Master of Science and Certificate in Endodontics from the University of Minnesota in 2004. His research focused on the comparison of outcomes for root canal treatment and dental implants. The results led to multiple publications in the Journal of Endodontics and Compendium, as well as serving as the foundation for ongoing studies. Dr. Doyle then served for two years as Chief of Endodontics at Langley AFB, Virginia. During this time, he shared his clinical and academic expertise with seven dental residents each year. In 2005, he was named the Air Force Air Combat Command Junior Dental Officer of the Year. 

    Dr. Doyle is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, attaining board certification in 2011. He currently serves as an Associate Clinical Professor for the Division of Endodontics at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Doyle also serves as a Delegate for the Minnesota Dental Association, as a reviewer for the Scientific Advisory Board of the Journal of Endodontics, and as a member of the St. Paul District Dental Society Executive Council.

    Mohamed I. Fayad, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.

    Dr. Mohamed I. Fayad received his D.D.S. in 1985 from Cairo University and his M.S. in oral sciences in 1994 from the University of Buffalo at New York. He received his Ph.D. in 1996 as a joint supervision between SUNY and Cairo University. He had two years of AEGD at Eastman Dental Center, University of Rochester at New York, and received his Certificate in Endodontics from the College of Dentistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Currently, he is the director of endodontic research and a clinical associate professor in the UIC endodontics department dividing his time between teaching, research, and private practice. He currently serves on the scientific advisory and manuscript review panels of the "Journal of Endodontics" and "Evidence Based Endodontics Journal." He co-chaired the AAE/AAOMR committee drafting the joint position statement on CBCT (2015). Dr. Fayad has numerous publications and chapters in peer reviewed journals and textbooks including "Pathways of the Pulp" and "Contemporary Surgical Endodontics." He is the co-editor of the CBCT text book "3-D Imaging in Endodontics: A New Era in Diagnosis and Treatment" by Springe. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics and has delivered numerous presentations nationally and internationally.

    Philip Michaelson, MS, DMD

    Dr. Michaelson has degrees from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (B.A. in Biology), Southern Methodist University in Dallas (M.S. in Biology with emphasis in the physiology of aging), The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.), and The University of Michigan School of Dentistry (Certificate in Endodontics). Dr. Michaelson was inducted into the dental honor society of Omicron Kappa Upsilon in 1999. He has published original research reports in professional journals, including the International Endodontic Journal ("Is Pulpitis Painful?"), Compendium ("Management of a Severely Malpositioned Replanted Avulsed Tooth: A Case Report"), and the Journal of Endodontics ("A Novel Treatment for Propagated Crown Fractures" and "Long-term Evaluation of Fracture Removal Treatment for Propagated Crown Fractures"). Dr. Michaelson was certified by the American Board of Endodontics in 2005. Dr. Michaelson has been a reviewer for the Journal of Endodontics since 2005 and has also served as an expert witness for the State of Ohio Dental Board and as a Trustee of the Greater Cleveland Dental Society. He is also an online moderator for EndoLit. Dr. Michaelson maintains a full time private practice in Bainbridge, Ohio.

    Adham A. Azim
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    Scott L. Doyle, D.D.S., M.S.
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    Mohamed Fayad, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
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    Philip Michaelson, MS, DMD
    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.