CHICAGO – More than 4,000 members, guests and exhibitors attended the American Association of Endodontists’ annual meeting in Denver, April 25-28. Endodontists debated hot topics in the specialty, including the future of canal irrigation using multi-sonic techniques and advanced nanoparticles, surgical versus nonsurgical retreatment, and defining treatment outcomes. More than 100 other educational courses addressed a wide range of endodontic topics including regeneration, pain management, standard of practice and practice management.
A highlight of AAE18 was the keynote address by Aron Ralston, an adventurer, speaker, author and advocate, who survived six days trapped between two boulders in a remote location in Utah. Ralston brought many audience members to tears with his gripping tale of the harrowing experience that tested the very limits of human persistence. He encouraged the audience to learn from the boulders in their lives that may seem like obstacles.
The meeting also included the installation of new leadership for the Boards of the AAE, Foundation for Endodontics and American Board of Endodontics, the largest endodontic exhibit hall and several special events. A record 108 new Diplomates of the American Board of Endodontics were recognized for their achievements. These Board-certified endodontists complete written, case history and oral exams demonstrating their exceptional knowledge, skill and expertise in the specialty of endodontics, commitment to quality patient care and dedication to professional growth. AAE18 also recognized the winners of the AAE’s most prestigious honors and awards, acknowledging several endodontists and other dental professionals for the commitment to the specialty.
Attendees also raised more than $3,700 for Veterans’ Passport to Hope, to support its efforts to raise awareness of issues that veterans face after returning from duty.
At the annual President’s Breakfast, Dr. Garry L. Myers celebrated the 75th anniversary of the AAE and called on younger members to be creative and optimistic about what lies ahead for the specialty. “To our residents and new practitioners, you are our future. You have inherited the foundation that has been laid for the past 75 years,” he said. “How people interact and communicate will be the defining factor for the success for all of us, both within the AAE and in our interactions outside of the AAE. Be engaged with your profession and your professional colleagues.”
Dr. Myers also announced the AAE’s new consumer engagement initiative to increase awareness of the specialty. Part of the AAE’s strategic plan, the initiative will target key audiences and encourage them to see an endodontist for root canal treatment. The program is expected to launch by the end of the year.
Dr. Patrick E. Taylor also emphasized the importance of participation in organized dentistry in his first remarks as AAE President. “I suggest an item for our members that will help move us forward—get involved. Let people know about the value of endodontics, network with your peers to spread the word, and keep up on continuing education to keep on top of the latest innovations in endo.”
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.