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Endodontists gather in Orlando

By Fred Michmershuizen, DTA
May 01, 2009

ORLANDO, FL, USA: Nearly 4,000 dental professionals gathered at the Gaylord Palms here for the start of the 2009 American Association of Endodontists Annual Session, which opened this week. Wearing a bright orange tie, Dr Louis E. Rossman, president of the AAE, officially kicked off the meeting Thursday morning with a vigorous and heartfelt speech that was fitting for this year’s theme — Engage, Energize, Educate.

Rossman’s message to endodontists was clear: it’s all about confidence. “Not everyone in dentistry recognises the advances in our specialty, and many teeth that could be saved are simply being yanked,” Rossman said. “It is our duty to get out and deliver a message of confidence.”

It is the responsibility of endodontists to emphasize the benefits of saving natural teeth, Rossman said, and to trumpet the advances in the specialty that continue to make root canal therapy ever more beneficial to the patient. At the same time, he said, endodontists should immerse themselves in knowledge of implants, so that when a decision has to be made between root canal therapy and an implant the endodontist can offer an opinion based on credible knowledge. Ultimately, he said, it is all about what is best for the patient.

After the opening session, attendees crowded into an exhibit hall featuring products from scores of exhibiting companies and began attending the many educational sessions. In all, more than 100 educational sessions and more than 197 hours of continuing education credits are being offered. For the first time, the AAE is presenting a Master Clinician Series, featuring live, nonsurgical endodontic techniques in a theater-in-the-round setting. Presenters include noted endodontists James K. Bahcall, L. Stephen Buchanan, Giuseppe Cantatore, Richard E. Mounce, Ali A. Nasseh, Clifford J. Ruddle and G. John Schoeffel.

An all-day Pre-Session Symposium, Integration of Advanced Surgical Procedures in Your Endodontic Practice, was held on Wednesday.

The meeting continues through Saturday evening, when it concludes with a Celebrate Orlando! event, featuring a performance by the Beach Boys at the Hard Rock Live at Universal Studios.

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