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By Drs. Kirk A. Coury, Brett E. Gilbert and William J. Nudera

Drs. Kirk A. Coury, D.D.S., M.S.; Brett E. Gilbert, D.D.S.; and William J. Nudera, D.D.S., Diplomates, American Board of Endodontics, will present “The Retrospective Scope: How I Would Have Done It Differently,” at AAE20 in Nashville on April 1 at 2:30 in Grand Ballroom A (Level 4). Click here to learn more!

While it is wise to learn from experience, it is wiser to learn from the experiences of others” -Rick Warren

Your heart starts to beat fast, your face tingles and you start to sweat!  Welcome to the moment you realize that your well planned treatment has gone off the rails.  This may be a misdiagnosis, an iatrogenic error or a realization that your current approach is moving in the wrong direction.  We are Endodontists, but we are also human!  We can not realistically expect every case to proceed as we had intended in every situation.  However, when faced with difficult choices, either caused by our own iatrogenicity or forced upon us with new and dynamic information, we must respond.

As doctors we dread procedural accidents, wrong choices or any treatment process that does not go as planned. These events can have a lasting impact and can rock us to our core.  As seasoned clinicians we train ourselves with best practices to avoid errors and make sound clinical decisions. We work tirelessly every moment to avoid these pitfalls.  The silver lining to these occurrences is that there is much learning to gain from these derailment cases.

We welcome you to join us as we each present a case that went off the rails for one reason or another.  We welcome you to experience how our cases developed, what happened and how we approached getting the best possible result out of the situation.  We present these cases to show how every clinician is human and to enrich us all with the beautiful learning that comes from treatment that does not go as planned.