The upcoming Annual Session of the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), takingplace from April 14 to 17 in San Diego, will offer a number of firsts toparticipants.

A new feature of the Annual Session will allow participants to observevarious surgical procedures including microsurgery and grafting,CT-guided apical surgery, periradicular palatal surgery, and nonsurgicalendodontic retreatment in a theater-in-the-round setting. Additionalworkshops will offer hands-on exposure to microsurgery, suturing,regenerations, cleaning and sharpening protocols, implants, CPR andbasic life support, hand care, and retreatment. The Annual Sessionoffers 232 continuing education hours in 120 courses.

"About half of general dentists surveyed by the AAE indicated that theywould welcome the opportunity to observe an endodontist at work. Byattending the Annual Session, they can gain exposure to multiple complexendodontic procedures and learn from the world’s leading endodonticeducators and specialists," said Gerald N. Glickman, DDS, MS, presidentof the AAE.

In addition, the Annual Session will include the organization’s firstAccess to Care Project, which will provide free endodontic treatment tounderserved patients in the San Diego community. Through a partnershipwith the University of Southern California and Henry Schein Dental/HenrySchein Cares, prescreened patients will receive care from licensedCalifornia endodontists.

"Nationwide, more than 80 percent of AAE members are engaged in making adifference in their communities year-round by providing charitableservices," Glickman said. "Patient well-being is the ultimate goal ofany dental treatment, and we should make every effort to provideexcellent endodontic care to help patients keep their natural teeth for alifetime."