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Calvin D. Torneck, D.D.S., M.S.


Dr. Torneck is a retired professor emeritus who teaches part-time in the graduate endodontic program at the University of Toronto and a visiting professor in the postdoctoral endodontic program at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He joined the U of T faculty of dentistry in 1960 to pursue a part-time career in teaching and research. In the ensuing years, he progressed through the academic ranks to become a full professor and chair of the department of endodontics, and co-chair of the postgraduate and graduate endodontic departments before retiring in 2000. In September 2006, he also retired from his private practice in Toronto. He has served as a consultant and senior staff member to the dental divisions at Mt. Sinai Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Dr. Torneck has authored or co-authored 60 scientific papers, five endodontic teaching manuals, and contributed chapters to 19 textbooks related to dental practice and dental science. He has also served as an editorial consultant to several national and international scientific journals and lectured extensively in North, Central and South Americas, as well as Europe, Israel, Australia and South Africa.

He has served as a member and executive member of numerous national and international dental, scientific and academic associations. He is a past president and founder of the Canadian Academy of Endodontics and the Ontario Society of Endodontists, as well as a past president of the American Board of Endodontics, Pulp Biology Section of the International Association for Dental Research and the American College of Dentists, Ontario Section. He is a recipient of the U of T Dental Students Society and Dental Student Athletic Awards; University of Michigan Endodontic Alumni Award of Merit; AAE Ralph F. Sommer and Louis I. Grossman Awards; and U of T Dental Alumni Alumnus of Distinction Award.

He was recently honored by the Toronto Endodontic Alumni Association with the establishment of the Shimon Friedman and Cal Torneck Research Fellowship. He holds a Honorary Membership in the Peruvian Endodontic Association and the Endodontic Society of Spain, and has been honored with Life Membership in the Pierre Fauchard Academy, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, Canadian Dental Association, OKU Honor Dental Society, International Association of Dental Research, Alpha Omega Fraternity, AAE, CAE and OSE. He also has an Honorary Life membership with the Toronto Academy of Dentistry. He is the current Secretary of the International Federation of Endodontic Associations.

He received his D.D.S. degree from U of T in 1958, M.S. degree and certificate of endodontics from the University of Michigan in 1959. He is a Life-Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists in Canada and a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics.

Contact information

607-1 Deer Park Cresent
Toronto, Ontario M4V 3C4
Phone: 416-787-5021
Fax: 416-787-2981

Available Sessions

  • Endodontic-Periodontal Relationships Revisited
    Topic: Endodontic & Periodontal Interactions
    Learning Objectives:
    • Understand pulp and periodontal anatomy, microanatomy and physiology.
    • Appreciate the nature and clinical expression of endodontic and periodontal diseases.
    • Understand the interrelationship between infectious diseases of the pulp and periodontal ligament.
    • Appreciate the limitation of standard diagnostic techniques in the differential diagnosis of pulp and periodontal disease.
    • Be familiar with the use of combined endodontic, surgical and restorative techniques used in conserving teeth with advanced localized periodontal infections.

    This session will discuss how implants are a useful and effective treatment option for certain dental conditions and how the introduction of them into dentistry has resulted in the extraction of many teeth that might have been successfully retained by more conservative treatment. This is typical of teeth with advanced atypical bone loss of endodontic origin and advanced localized bone loss of periodontal origin.

    One half-day lecture.

  • The Significance and Clinical Management of two Traumatic Clinical Events
    Topic: Traumatic Injuries Diagnosis & Treatment

    Horizontal Root Fracture
    In the absence of an understanding of the recuperative abilities of the developing pulp and periodontal ligament, there is a tendency for the clinician to over-treat young patients who have experienced horizontal root fractures of traumatic origin. During the presentation, the reasons behind the decisions to monitor or endodontically treat such teeth will be described and discussed using clinical examples with long-term follow-up as the basis for discussion.

    Pulp Calcific Obliteration
    Trauma, particularly to the young patient can at times result in an increased deposition of hard tissue in the pulp, which can leave the radiographic impression that it has become totally calcified. This has been viewed by some clinicians as an indication for early endodontic intervention. Such decisions, however are often made without a full understanding of the nature of the pulp calcification and the long-term outlook for teeth with this kind of pulpal change that remains untreated. Both of these factors will be discussed during this presentation along with the variations in standard endodontic techniques, which are necessary to properly address this situation when evidence of root canal infection becomes clinically apparent.


Dr. Torneck has no proprietary, financial and/or personal interest pertaining to his presentations to disclose.

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