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Frank C. Setzer, D.M.D., Ph.D., M.S.


Dr. Setzer graduated from the Dental School of the Friedrich- Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, in 1995, where he also received his doctoral degree in 1998. He pursued his endodontic specialty training at the University of Pennsylvania after working for nine years in a multi-specialist private practice as associate and partner. Dr. Setzer graduated from the endodontic program of the University of Pennsylvania in 2006, receiving the Louis I Grossman Postdoctoral Student Award in Endodontics. He earned a Master of Science in Oral Biology and a DMD degree in 2008 and 2010, respectively, and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. Dr. Setzer serves as the Clinic Director and Pre-Doctoral Program Director at the Department of Endodontics of the University of Pennsylvania. He lectures nationally and internationally, and has authored over 80 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts and book chapters. He serves as the Associate/Section Editor for Quintessence International and Current Oral Health Reports and, amongst other journals, on the scientific advisory board of Journal of Endodontics, International Endodontic Journal and Journal of the American Dental Association.

Contact information

Frank C. Setzer, D.M.D., Ph.D., M.S.
University of Pennsylvania
Department of Endodontics
240 S 40th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215-898-4617
Cell: 215-573-2148

Available Sessions

  • Endodontics and Implants – The Endodontic Perspective
    Topic: Endodontics vs Single-Tooth Implants
    Learning Objectives:
    • Compare endodontic and implant studies according to success and survival rates.
    • Describe the importance of an interdisciplinary treatment planning approach.
    • Discuss whether to endodontically treat a tooth or extract and place an implant.

    Many practitioners face the decision of when to treat a tooth endodontically or when to extract it and place an implant. This lecture discusses the new role of endodontics in an era that is more and more shaped by implant supported dentistry. It reviews changes in the treatment spectrum for endodontists and general dentists and provides evidence based data for a sound decision making between a natural tooth and a dental implant. The lecture evaluates success versus survival of implants in single tooth and fixed partial denture restorations and endodontically treated and restored teeth. Treatment planning issues are discussed based on cases from the endodontist’s, periodontist’s and restorative dentist’s perspective. At conclusion, participants should be able to compare the differences between tooth or implant supported treatment planning, make an educated decision between endodontic treatment options and tooth extraction followed by a dental implant and understand the importance of an interdisciplinary treatment planning approach.

    1-2 hour lecture.

  • All Aspects of Endodontic Microsurgery
    Topic: Endodontic Surgery
    Learning Objectives:
    • Review Endodontic microsurgery step-by-step
    • Review treatment planning non-surgical versus surgical retreatment
    • Identify the indications for endodontic surgery

    Endodontic surgery has greatly evolved in the past 15 years. Modern techniques include high power magnification and illumination, ultrasonic root-end preparation, and biocompatible filling materials. The lecture covers all aspects of endodontic microsurgery A-Z.

    Half day, full day, or two day lecture, workshop or live demo.


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

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