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

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

"About half of general dentists surveyed by the AAE indicated that they would welcome the opportunity to observe an endodontist at work. By attending the Annual Session, they can gain exposure to multiple complex endodontic procedures and learn from the world’s leading endodontic educators and specialists," said Gerald N. Glickman, DDS, MS, president of the AAE.

In addition, the Annual Session will include the organization’s first Access to Care Project, which will provide free endodontic treatment to underserved patients in the San Diego community. Through a partnership with the University of Southern California and Henry Schein Dental/Henry Schein Cares, pre-screened patients will receive care from licensed California endodontists.

"Nationwide, more than 80 percent of AAE members are engaged in making a difference in their communities year-round by providing charitable services," Glickman said. "Patient well-being is the ultimate goal of any dental treatment, and we should make every effort to provide excellent endodontic care to help patients keep their natural teeth for a lifetime."