June 2, 2020 - All Times are CST

Welcome & The Future of Imaging in Endodontics 9:30 a.m.

Welcome & The Future of Imaging in Endodontics


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. 

Contracted Endodontic Cavity for Extended Tooth Survival: Is Less More? 11:15 a.m.

Contracted Endodontic Cavity for Extended Tooth Survival: Is Less More?


Although survival rates after endodontic treatment are high, occurrence of tooth/root fractures is a concern, attributed to tooth structure removal associated with endodontic cavity preparation. Novel contracted endodontic cavity (CEC) designs discard traditional principles of 'convenience form’ and ‘extension for prevention’, and instead emphasize directed dentin conservation. 
While the proposed benefit of CEC may be increased fracture resistance of teeth potentially extending long-term survival, its potential risk is compromised canal disinfection, potentially impairing periapical healing. This lecture will summarize the contemporary research on various impacts of CEC in specific tooth types. The potential benefits, risks and clinical options related to cavity designs will be debated in the context of minimally-invasive interventions, to help the clinician navigate this contemporary dilemma.

I'll Show You a Train Wreck: Part I & II1:15 p.m.

I'll Show You a Train Wreck: Part I & II


What on earth could go wrong during a well-intended root canal treatment? It has happened to all of us. A bump on the track appears and suddenly there seems to be a heap of consequences. In this session, we will explore common and less frequent catastrophes, the moment a treatment derailed and strategies on how to slam on the brakes and avoid this happening to you.
Drs Christine and Ove Peters will discuss patterns they discovered in many years of being clinicians and educators, examples of accidents from private practice and what will be a fender-bender or a smashup in court cases of patient versus doctor.