NS-30 Can Endodontically Treated Teeth Last a Lifetime?

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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.


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1.50 CE credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 CE credits  |  Certificate available

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