The Future of Imaging in Endodontics

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Join us for welcome and housekeeping remarks with Drs. Krell, Doyle and Ruparel. 

CE: 0.75

Session Description:

Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) has become an indispensable diagnostic imaging tool in clinical endodontics. In particular, high resolution limited field of view 3D imaging volumes of the jaws provide endodontists with greater diagnostic accuracy for tooth and root morphology and both tooth and bone related pathology when compared to regular intraoral digital 2D imaging. Because the use of CBCT imaging provides clinicians with a greater degree of confidence in detection of anatomic variations and pathology, it acts as an important clinical decision support tool in that it provides valuable information on when to treat, how to treat and, just as importantly when not to treat.   CBCT imaging is emerging as the scaffold for upcoming technologies such as 3D printing, dynamic navigation and surgical guides and is being applied to better understand the healing process associated with previously endodontically treated teeth.  The American Association of Endodontists (AAE), in conjunction with the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (AAOMR), have developed and recently updated a position statement on the use CBCT imaging in endodontics providing evidence based clinical practice situations in which 3D imaging can be considered as the preferred imaging modality before, during and after endodontic therapy.  Currently the position statement does not address best practices involving technical issues such as acquisition parameters and image display settings for optimizing image quality and maximizing the diagnostic capabilities of available CBCT units. Using clinical cases, we will demonstrate the effect of task specific enhancement filters and discuss in which clinical scenarios should they be applied and the impact of newly developed realistic 3D rendering for endodontic diagnosis. 

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to: 

  • Be familiar with current technical advances in CBCT hardware and software;
  • Understand Contrast Artifacts and how to overcome them
  • Integrate information presented in this course into efforts to improve the diagnostic imaging skills of participants

Scott L. Doyle, D.D.S., M.S.

AAE20 General Chair

Dr. Scott L. Doyle received his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995 and his D.D.S. from the University of Minnesota in 1999. He served in the United States Air Force for 7 years, including an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency. Dr. Doyle obtained both his M.S. and Certificate in Endodontics from the University of Minnesota in 2004. He currently practices with Metropolitan Endodontics and serves as an Associate Clinical Professor for the Division of Endodontics at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Doyle is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. He is a Past President of the Minnesota Association of Endodontists and serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Endodontics. Dr. Doyle has authored multiple articles in scientific journals, as well as a textbook chapter on “The Endodontic Applications of CBCT.”

Nikita Ruparel, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.

AAE20 Program Chair

Dr. Nikita Ruparel is a Board-certified Endodontist who practices in San Antonio at UT Faculty Endodontics and is the Director of the Advanced Program in Endodontics at UT San Antonio. She received her doctoral (PhD) and DDS at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and her certificate in Endodontics in 2013. She also lectures at national and international meetings on pain biology and management and regenerative endodontics. She has been awarded the American Association of Endodontics Educator Fellowship for her achievements in academics and she is committed to a long-term career as a clinician-scientist.

Keith V. Krell, D.D.S., M.S., M.A.

Dr. Krell has been an endodontist for 38 years. He was a full time educator for 8 years at the University of Iowa and was in private practice in West Des Moines, Iowa for 29 years until he retired December 31,2017. He is still an adjunct clinical Professor in the department of Endodontics at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. He also works part-time at Broadlawns Hospital in the Dental Department treating Medicaid patients. In 1993, he retired from the United States Army National Guard as a lieutenant colonel after 22 years of service. He is a past president of both the ABE and AAEF (now the Foundation for Endodontics) and is presently the president of the AAE.

Dr. Krell has been married for 48 years to Diane and they have two grown children, Rayda and Nathan and five grandchildren. He still has research interests in cracked teeth and vertical root fractures and still provides continuing education when asked. He has an extensive guitar collection and is looking forward to Nashville in 2020!

Bruno Azevedo, D.D.S., M.S.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Bruno Azevedo is an Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in the Department of Diagnosis and Oral Health, and Director of the Oral Radiology Advanced Imaging Clinic and 3D Printing LAB. He attended the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio where he received both a certificate in Oral Maxillofacial Radiology and a Master’s Degree in Dental Diagnostic Science in 2009. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. Dr. Azevedo is one of the most active speakers in North America regarding dental 3D imaging technologies. Dr. Azevedo operates an intramural CBCT imaging facility at the University of Louisville and provides consulting services in Oral Maxillofacial Radiology and 3D printing.

Bruno Azevedo, D.D.S., M.S. 

In accordance with this policy, I declare I have a past or present proprietary or relevant financial relationship or receive gifts in kind (including soft intangible remuneration), consulting position or affiliation, or other personal interest of any nature or kind in any product, service, course and/or company, or in any firm beneficially associated therewith, as indicated: Consultant, Cone Beam Guy (Self); Previous consultant, J.Morita USA .


06/02/2020 at 9:30 AM (CDT)   |  45 minutes
06/02/2020 at 9:30 AM (CDT)   |  45 minutes
7 Questions
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5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
0.75 CE credits  |  Certificate available
0.75 CE credits  |  Certificate available