Surgical Vs. Non-Surgical Retreatment of Failed Endodontic Cases

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CE Hours: 1.5

Many practitioners face the decision of how to treat a tooth with a history of unsuccessful endodontic treatment. This lecture will discuss how and when to approach this situation by either non-surgical or surgical retreatment. The expected outcome for either procedure using modern endodontic techniques will be reviewed, and the guiding principles for the correct indications discussed based on evidence-based dentistry and clinical cases.

  • Include the expected outcome of endodontic retreatment procedures in clinical treatment planning.
  • Discuss the strategies of deciding between a non-surgical and surgical retreatment approach.
  • Critically review common myths about non-surgical and surgical retreatment.


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

Frank C. Setzer, D.M.D., Ph.D., M.S.

Dr. Setzer graduated from the Dental School of the Friedrich- Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, in 1995, where he also received his doctoral degree in 1998. He pursued his endodontic specialty training at the University of Pennsylvania after working for nine years in a multi-specialist private practice as associate and partner. Dr. Setzer graduated from the endodontic program of the University of Pennsylvania in 2006, receiving the Louis I Grossman Postdoctoral Student Award in Endodontics. He earned a Master of Science in Oral Biology and a DMD degree in 2008 and 2010, respectively. Dr. Setzer serves as the Clinic Director and Pre-Doctoral Program Director at the Department of Endodontics of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Setzer lectures on several topics of endodontics throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia. He has authored articles on endodontics in peer-review journals and serves as Associate Editor for Endodontics for Quintessence International and, amongst other journals, on the scientific advisory board of Journal of Endodontics, International Endodontic Journal and Journal of the American Dental Association.

Frank Setzer, D.MD, PhD, 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.