APICES Review, Crazy Case and More

On behalf of all the members and staff of the Resident and New Practitioner Committee, I would like to welcome first-year residents who have just stepped into the endodontic community. I congratulate you all for choosing this specialty as your career path and for matriculation into an advanced education program.

We recently returned from the Advanced Program in Clinical Endodontics Symposium, APICES 2013, at the University of Iowa! I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed in their own special way to make APICES a grand success! I am sure each one of us made new introductions, broadened our outlooks and brought back memories to cherish in the coming months. Without a doubt, residents, faculty and staff from the Iowa College of Dentistry put on a great show that gave residents ample opportunity to mingle, get quality education and have a blast at the same time. I thank all our speakers and sponsors for their time and effort at the program.

In this issue of The Paper Point, the committee will bring you an overview of APICES 2013, for those who couldn't make it to Iowa City. You will also find a Crazy Case, presented by one of our committee members. I am sure you will enjoy it.

Since this committee is all about residents, I am hopeful that we will work together as a team and make ourselves known as an important entity in the AAE. We are actively planning topics for The Paper Point for the coming year, if you would like us to focus on any specific area, please come forth; your suggestions and ideas are welcome. Looking forward to hearing from you!


Manpreet Singh Sarao, B.D.S., D.D.S.
Chair, Resident and New Practitioner Committee

Coming Up...

During their meeting at APICES 2013, the Resident and New Practitioner Committee brainstormed ideas for future issues of the The Paper Point. Based on a continued interest in new endodontic graduates and their future, the committee and guest authors will be covering topics including, but not limited to:

  • Medicolegal considerations
  • Practice referral
  • Practice management
  • Career path options

If you have ideas for the The Paper Point or would like to volunteer to contribute, please contact Alyson Hall, development coordinator at ahall@aae.org.

Looking Back on APICES 2013

2013 marked the 10th annual Advanced Program in Clinical Endodontics Symposium. Residents from endodontic institutions all over the nation and Canada arrived at the University of Iowa to enjoy a weekend full of science, networking and fellowship. The meeting was such a success, it warrants more than just a recap. Below you will find a full breakdown of the weekend activities. If you were unable to attend, the committee encourages you to check out the educational sessions which will be posted to the Live Learning Center in a couple of weeks.

Dr. G. Garo Chalian presented at APICES 2013.

Scientific Program

From top to bottom, the APICES 2013 schedule was stacked with a variety of topics and impressive speakers. The APICES Planning Committee, composed of three residents from the University of Iowa as well as some faculty and staff at the College of Dentistry, began working during fall 2012 to set up the program. Collectively, they decided on the following topics and speakers:

  • Medicolegal Considerations Affecting Endodontics –
    Dr. G. Garo Chalian
  • CBCT Use in Endodontics – Dr. Scott R. Makins
  • ABE Board Walk – Dr. W. Craig Noblett
  • CBCT Hands-on Simulation – Dr. Scott R. Makins
  • New Approaches in Therapeutic Pain Control in Endodontics –
    Dr. Karen Baker
  • Everything You Need to Know About the College of Diplomates in 15 Minutes – Dr. Christopher S. Wenckus
  • Evidence for the Referral Relationship – Dr. James F. Wolcott

All six speakers offered great scientific and informational material. The CBCT Hands-on Simulation was a first for APICES. When the University of Iowa Planning Committee proposed a hands-on workshop in their school's state-of-the-art simulation lab, there was no doubt it would be a huge hit! Dr. Makins, who is currently participating in additional, advanced formal training in cone beam imaging, was invited to take the new charge and he executed it with skill. Prior to the workshop, Dr. Makins was interviewed about what exactly the course would teach residents, "We will introduce the participants to the concepts of cone beam imaging, image processing, image interpretation and provide the opportunity to gain some experience 'driving' the imaging software they will be using in their respective programs." Offering this preliminary hands-on training in a relaxed environment was extremely beneficial for residents.

Attendees had the opportunity to participate in a hands-on CBCT workshop.

Social Events

Though the majority of the weekend was devoted to lectures and hands-on training, the APICES Planning Committee worked hard to create two fantastic social events to give residents the opportunity to relax, mingle with their future colleagues and enjoy Iowa. The Welcome Reception on Friday following registration gave residents a fantastic view of Kinnick Stadium, home to the Hawkeyes football team. All attendees, speakers and corporate partners joined together in the Kinnick Stadium Press Box to eat, drink and take in the views. The event was sponsored by DENTSPLY Tulsa Dental Specialties. AAE President Dr. Gary Hartwell, Dean of the Iowa College of Dentistry Dr. David Johnsen and Resident and New Practitioner Committee Chair Dr. Manpreet S. Sarao welcomed residents during a short address. Department Head Dr. William T. Johnson also spoke briefly about the history of Kinnick Stadium, and its namesake, Nile Kinnick. This significant perspective gave residents a small taste of Iowa history.

Social events gave attendees time to mingle with one another.

After a long day of programming beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday, residents were definitely ready for a casual, fun night. Bobber's Bar & Grill provided just that. Though it was cooler than anticipated during July in Iowa, residents enjoyed grilled food, drinks, live music, fun, games and fellowship while overlooking Coralville Lake. The APICES Planning Committee felt the casual atmosphere was a perfect setting for attendees to not only get to know one another but to experience Iowa's Midwestern charm. The last shuttle rolled away from Bobber's at 11:15 p.m., and some residents continued the fun after returning to downtown Iowa City.

Bobber's Bar & Grill offered residents a chance to unwind with live music, food and drinks right on Coralville Lake.

Special Extras

All residents received free accommodations at the newly renovated Sheraton Iowa City. The hotel is conveniently located downtown on Iowa City's historic pedestrian mall. Thanks to the generous corporate partners these accommodations were possible.

Corporate partners from 26 companies were on-hand at APICES for multiple opportunities to network with residents. Both Saturday and Sunday mornings a hot breakfast was served at the Sheraton Iowa City where corporate representatives spread out and dined with attendees. During the program on both days there were breaks scheduled for residents to spend time checking out corporate displays. The second break scheduled on Saturday doubled as a happy hour for all attendees. The happy hour created a relaxed environment for residents to meet some of the specialties' greatest supporters.

Residents could speak with corporate partners and try out new equipment.

In the spirit of going green, APICES joined the ranks of the AAE's other meetings! This year, a mobile meeting app took the place of a printed program. With over 160 downloads to smart phones and tablets, residents were singing the praises of the mobile app. As many residents are native users when to comes to technology, the app was a sure hit. Attendees who downloaded the app received the program, attendee and corporate partners' information as well as up-to-date changes and messages.

Thanks to the APICES 2013 Planning Committee as well as all the residents, faculty and staff at the University of Iowa, your hospitality and hard work are both appreciated.

Thanks to the APICES 2013 Planning Committee!

2014 and More

Save the date and come on down to Texas, y'all. APICES 2014 will take place at the University of Texas at Houston, August 8–10.

Check out more photos from APICES 2013 on the AAE Facebook page ' tag yourself and your friends!


Crazy Case: Cervical Resorption #18
By Michael T. Reynolds, D.D.S.

The patient presented with slight pain on palpation #18. She reports a history of losing teeth due to resorption in the past. #18 is her only posterior tooth in the lower left and she really wanted to save it. We discussed all treatment options and elected to perform RCT in conjunction with repair of the resorptive defect.

A full thickness flap was laid and the resorptive defect with cleaned and communication with the MB canal was evident. RD isolation and access was performed. A cone was placed in the MB canal to avoid blocking out the canal with restorative material.

Master Cone (middle mesial canal present)

After obturation a bonded core material was placed.

One year recall.  Patient is asymptomatic, no evidence of resorption.

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