NS-19 The Future of Pulpal Diagnosis: Molecular Biology?

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Program Overview:

It is well established that microbial infections play a key role in the initiation and progression of pulpal disease. The host response to pathogenic infection, which is critical to disease progression, is less understood. Understanding the molecular mechanisms that underlie the host response may lead to diagnostics that predict treatment outcome. The informed clinician can then choose which treatment option is best. This session covers recent advances in the molecular mechanisms of pain, the immune response and regeneration of the pulp-dentin complex.  

At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the limitations of current diagnostic tests used in dentistry.
  • Describe the molecular mechanisms underlying the host response to infection.
  • Describe the molecular mechanisms underlying regeneration of the pulp-dentin complex.


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5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
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1.50 CE credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 CE credits  |  Certificate available

Asma A. Khan, B.D.S., Ph.D.

Dr Asma Khan is a tenured Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. After dental school, Dr Khan completed her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Maryland and a fellowship in clinical pain research at the NIH. She then moved to University of Texas at San Antonio where she earned a certificate in Endodontics and completed a post-Doctoral fellowship. Her areas of research include Orofacial Pain and Regenerative Endodontics.

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.