SP-7 Raising the Standard of Care in Endodontics

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Course Description:

A 2014 JOE article outlined how 60 percent of GD respondents always use a rubber dam, and 11 percent reported never using one. These statistics echo a similar survey done 20 years ago. Our profession is failing if 40 percent of its GD practitioners are negligent when performing RCTs. While the AAE puts forth clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) outlining accepted standards, these guidelines can be used by the courts to elevate the minimum standards as the gap between the minimum and the accepted standards widens. The routine recommended use of new technology like microscopes, and accepted technology like rubber dams should be spelled out. Together, we can influence the GD community, courts of law, and state Boards. We can educate our dentists in training, as well as our referrals, and together we can raise the failing standard of care in endodontics.

At the conclusion, participants should be able to: 

  • Distinguish between the standard of care versus clinical practice guidelines.
  • Identify what percentage of general dentist respondents in a recent survey do not always use a rubber dam.
  • List groups that could be influenced by coordinated education by leadership and membership of the AAE regarding raising the standard of care in endodontics.


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Robert D. Chavez, D.D.S., M.S.

Dr. Chavez is a full-time practicing endodontist in Albuquerque, NM with 24 years experience in dentistry. He has served proudly as a dental officer in the United States Navy, has an interest in teaching, as well as an interest in forensic dentistry as it relates to the Standard of Care. Dr. Chavez enjoys raising his 3 year old daughter, and is a committed Brazilian and Japanese jujutsu practitioner.

Robert D. Chavez, 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.