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Meeting review: AAE17 in New Orleans

‘Saving teeth is what we do, and we do it well,’ AAE president Dr. Linda G. Levin tells AAE17 attendees during the President’s Breakfast. (Photo: Fred Michmershuizen, DTA)
Fred Michmershuizen / DTA

Fred Michmershuizen / DTA

Fri. 12 May 2017


NEW ORLEANS, La., USA: The 2017 annual session of the American Association of Endodontists — AAE17 — offered the perfect opportunity for attendees to hone their craft. A wide selection of educational opportunities was available in the lecture halls and right on the show floor, offering endless possibilities — not to mention the countless products and new technology available from exhibiting companies.

Perhaps most of all, the meeting, which was held April 26 to 29 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, gave endodontists a chance to talk shop, to make new friends and reconnect with dental school pals, and to recharge their batteries — going home with greater pep in their step, if you will.

During the President’s Breakfast, AAE President Dr. Linda G. Levin summed it up well when she reminded her fellow specialists of their important work by saying, “Saving teeth is what we do — and we do it well.”

Those who want to continue doing it well were in the right place, as the knowledge that was shared in New Orleans was invaluable. In all, AAE17 offered more than 100 educational sessions in a variety of tracks, including “Pulp Fiction,” which addressed controversial and misunderstood topics in the specialty; and “Saving the Natural Tooth,” which shared the latest evidence and recommended treatments to save patients’ teeth.

A few of the many highlights: Dr. Allen Ali Nasseh offered a talk on endodontic instrumentation, one of many “To the Point” lectures offered on the show floor. Dr. Leesa Morrow presented “Office Management of Anxious Patients,” in a session hosted by Blair Cappuccio. John J. Stropko presented “Alternative Treatments for External Cervical Resorption.” Dr. Rich Mounce presented “Easy Endo USA: Single File Minimally Invasive Endodontics Using Pro Design Logic: One and Done. It’s Easy.”

In addition, Dr. L. Stephen Buchanan offered “CT-Guided Endodontic Procedures.” This presentation reviewed CT-guided implant technology, Buchanan’s clinical cases using this method for conventional and surgical endodontic treatment, and how clinicians can set up and use this paradigm shift in procedural treatment planning for root canal therapy as well as for implant placement for those endodontists who want to add implant surgery to their practices.

Dr. Anne L. Koch offered two presentations, starting with “The Single Cone Bioceramic Sealer Obturation Technique: A Historical Perspective.” And, drawing from her personal experience, Koch also presented “Treatment of the Transgender Dental Patient.”

More highlights in New Orleans

During the General Assembly, AAE’s annual business meeting, attendees could hear reports from AAE leaders, vote on important changes to the constitution and bylaws, and see the installation of new officers and board members. All AAE members were encouraged to attend.

Friday evening, a “Celebrate New Orleans!” event was held. Attendees marched behind a brass band for a parade through the streets, ending at Generations Hall, where there was a variety of entertainment, including Rebirth Brass Band and Savoy.

Highlights on the final day of AAE17 included the Edgar D. Coolidge Jazz Brunch, where recipients of the most prestigious AAE honors and awards were honored.