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daily AAE San Francisco April 06, 2016

WEDNESDAY, ARPIL 6, 2016 — Vol. 1, No. 1 ENDO TRIBUNE The World’s Endodontic Newspaper · U.S. Edition “ LEARN, Page 3 D A I L Y A T T H E A A E ! Taking the reins AAE names its new executive director. A look at who he is and where he comes from. ” page 2 instrumental trends Dr. Barry L. Musikant on why files break and what steps you can take to prevent it from happening. ” page 4 time to go shopping The exhibit hall is full of products to help you, including ones to reduce root canal prep time. ” pages 6–12 Despite state-of-the-art advancements in endodontic treatment that make root canal procedures often as straight- forward as fillings, Americans still ex- press fear of the procedure. According to a recent survey by the American As- sociation of Endodontists (AAE), 67 per- cent of Americans say fear of pain most concerns them about having root canal treatment. In an effort to help dispel these fears, the AAE recently held its 10th anniver- sary celebration of Root Canal Awareness Week, from March 27 to April 2. As part of the celebration, the organization re- leased two new videos to get patients up- to-speed on the realities of modern root canal treatment. “It’s time that patients realize the once- dreaded root canal has come a long way,” said AAE President Dr. Terryl A. Propper, a private practicing endodontist in Nash- ville, Tenn. “Advancements in training, equipment, technology and anesthesia make modern root canal treatment vir- tually painless.” The videos, “Root Canals Aren’t What They Used To Be” and “Get Up To Speed on Today’s Root Canal,” are available on by searching for the titles. Root Canal Awareness Week is a nation- wide effort to encourage patients who need a root canal to see an endodontist to save their natural teeth. In this publicity effort, AAE informs the public that endodontists have at least two years of additional training beyond dental school and are highly skilled spe- cialists in performing root canals and di- agnosing and treating tooth pain. Their mix of advanced training, techniques and equipment improve patient comfort, ease anxiety and alleviate pain, AAE em- phasizes. “Endodontists, the root canal special- ists, devote their practice to root canal treatment and related procedures,” Prop- per said. “We use technologies like mi- croscopes, digital and 3-D imaging and ultrasonics to diagnose and treat our patients quickly, comfortably and suc- cessfully.” AAE research shows that dentists refer an average of 43 percent of root canal pa- tients to an endodontist, yet almost all the general dentists surveyed — 94 per- cent — say they have a positive or very positive perception of endodontists and the care they provide. “Americans are taking more control of their health care, and that should include oral health,” Propper said. “Patients who need root canal treatment should con- sider seeing an endodontist.” (Source: American Association of Endodontists) Dispelling myths of root canals through education For more information More information about the AAE and Root Canal Awareness Week is available online. Follow the AAE on Twitter at @savingyourteeth or search #rootcanal. I t sometimes feels like there are as many preferred learning styles as there are endodontists, and here at the AAE16, that has never been more clear. Just flipping through the schedule for the meeting shows a broad range of speakers and great variety in program formats. “Not everyone learns in the same way, so we’re excited to introduce new pro- gramming this year to meet the needs of all attendees,” said AAE President Terryl A. Propper. “In addition to tradi- tional lectures, other educational ses- sions will feature point/counterpoint San Francisco’s famed cable cars are just blocks away from the Moscone Center. Photo/Provided by California Travel and Tourism Commission/ShutterStock Many ways to learn

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