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


Frank C Setzer received the his dental and doctoral degree from the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany in 1995 and 1998; and his Endodontic specialty certificate, MS in Oral Biology and DMD from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA in 2006, 2008, and 2010, respectively. He is currently an Associate Professor of Endodontics at the University of Pennsylvania, serving as Predoctoral Director in Endodontics. His research interests are the clinical detection, prognosis and assessment of periradicular pathology, in particular apical periodontitis, utilizing CBCT imaging and Artificial Intelligence, as well as endodontic microsurgery. Dr. Setzer is a dental faculty member of OKU, a member of the American Association of Endodontists AAE, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics ABE. In addition, he is Associate Editor for Journal of Endodontics and the European Endodontic Journal, serves on several others editorial review boards, and lectures at national and international

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
    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
    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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