Standing Up for a Single Standard of Care

CHICAGO – While all dentists are trained in endodontics, that training varies greatly, as does the clinical experience of each dentist. To help ensure that patients receive the best possible care from all practitioners at the highest standards, the American Association of Endodontists supports a single standard of endodontic education and care to provide patients with the highest quality care with the best result — saving their natural teeth. This single standard emphasizes endodontic competency and encourages general dentists to undergo additional training, recognize their limitations, and consult with specialists on treatment planning and referral.

Despite efforts to promote a single standard of care, less than ideal treatment is sometimes performed. The question remains, how can the AAE respond to substandard care? This question will be the topic of a panel discussion at the 2018 annual meeting of the American Association of Endodontists in Denver, April 25-28. Drs. Ali Behnia, Kenneth B. Wiltbank and Alan H. Gluskin will join AAE legal counsel Jack Bierig to discuss the responsibilities of the AAE and its members as advocates for the highest standards of endodontic treatment. They will address regulatory and legal challenges to defining “standard of care” and “standard of practice,” and the issues the AAE and state endodontic societies must consider when opposing substandard endodontic care.

The session is scheduled for Friday, April 27 from 3-4:30 p.m. in room 605 of the Colorado Convention Center. For more information about this session and to view the entire AAE18 meeting schedule, visit aae.org/aae18 and follow the AAE on Facebook and Twitter. For press passes, please contact Kim FitzSimmons at kfitzsimmons@aae.org.

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About the American Association of Endodontists
The American Association of Endodontists, headquartered in Chicago, represents more than 8,000 members worldwide. Endodontics is one of nine dental specialties formally recognized by the American Dental Association. The AAE, founded in 1943, is dedicated to excellence in the art and science of endodontics and to the highest standard of patient care. The Association inspires its members to pursue professional advancement and personal fulfillment through education, research, advocacy, leadership, communication and service. For more information about the AAE, visit the Association’s website at aae.org.

About AAE18
Taking place at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver April 25-28, AAE18 is the largest endodontic meeting in the world. With more than 3,000 attendees from around the world, including endodontic specialists, other dental professionals and office staff, the meeting features more than 100 education sessions, 129 exhibitors, the association’s annual business meeting and other special events. For more information, please visit aae.org/aae18.