SP-26 Reputation? A Historical and Current Approach to Better Outcomes of Endodontically Treated Teeth

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CE: 1.5

Course Description: 

The literature is replete with arguable outcomes, definitions, and timelines of success rates of endodontically treated teeth. Their validities have been debated for almost a century. As endodontic specialists, we define and strive to heal problematic and symptomatic teeth, but how does our individual outcomes compare to historical literature? What are we telling our patients? What are the expectations of our patients? This lecture aims to summarize the literature and summarize the cases and techniques demonstrating resolution and healing of symptomatic teeth with radiographic lesions from 100 different endodontic specialty practices in order to find insights into better individual outcomes and improve the reputations of endodontically treated teeth.

At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the historical definitions of success and outcome timelines in the literature.
  • Describe what Endodontists are doing in private practice in order to achieve resolution of clinical symptoms and demonstrate radiographic evidence of healing.
  • Describe the instrumentation, irrigation, obturation protocol used to achieve healing outcomes.


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

S. Ryan Facer, D.D.S.

Dr. Facer earned his dental degree and specialty training from the University of Iowa, where he graduated with high distinction. He also received a bachelor's degree in medical biology from the University of Utah. He is published in peer reviewed journals such as the Journal of Endodontics and the Journal of Dental Research. His research interests range from sealer coverage, bacteriophage therapy, roentgen therapy, and adult stem cells with an emphasis in bone biology and Dental Trauma. Dr. Facer has been passionate in his pursuit to find new and innovative ways of treating and curing dental caries, pulpal diseases, apical periodontitis and bone regeneration. Dr. Facer continues to teach locally and nationally and has actively maintained private practice since 2005. He is known for his regular testing and implementation of new technology and for his innovation and development of new and interesting ways of treating patients and mentoring colleagues.

S. Ryan Facer, 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.