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Harold E. Goodis, D.D.S.


Dr. Goodis currently serves as the President of the American Board of Endodontics. He also serves as a professor emeritus at the University of California at San Francisco and professor of endodontics at Boston University Institute for Dental Research and Education in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He is a graduate of the University of Detroit School of Dentistry and received his certificate of endodontics from the Boston University Goldman School of Medicine. He maintained a private practice limited to endodontics in Orlando, Fla., before becoming a faculty member at UCSF in 1985.

He has published over 70 papers in the area of pulp biology, dental pulp pain and pain control. The results of his research have been published regionally, nationally and internationally. He is a co-editor with Dr. Kenneth M. Hargreaves of the definitive pulp biology text Seltzer and Bender’s Dental Pulp. His service to the specialty of endodontics includes serving on several AAE committees, and as a past director of the American Board of Endodontics and past president of the AAE Foundation.

Contact information

6065 Palermo Way
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5423
Phone: 916-673-6602 (H), 673-223-8247 (C)
Fax: 916-941-9646

P.O. Box 505097
Dubai Healthcare City
Phone: 971 4 424 8607

Available Sessions

  • Endodontic Pain/Genesis and Treatment
    Topic: Differential Diagnosis
    Learning Objectives:
    • Understand the causes of dental pulp diseases.
    • Adequately prescribe pharmacological preparations when necessary.
    • The principle of the “Universal Rat” in pain control will place drug necessity in proper perspective!

    Dr. Goodis presents a logical progression of tooth pain control that will allow the listener to develop his/her abilities in the treatment of their patients. Tooth pain control is an increasingly important aspect of practice development and the incorporation of the principles discussed will aid in the attraction of patients to their practices, and the advances in imaging and magnification will be explored to improve delivery of care in the attendee’s practices. As time permits, pulp tissue engineering/regeneration will prepare attendees for 21st century endodontic care.

    Topics to be covered:

    • Review of the biology of the dental pulp including the uniqueness of the pulpal sensory apparatus.
    • The role of microorganisms in the propagation of pulpal and periradicular disease.
    • Updated tooth testing and diagnostic methods.
    • Differential diagnosis odontalgia.
    • Referred pain—pain patterns from associated oral structures that mimic dental pulp diseases, aids in the treatment of the correct disease entity.
    • Interceptive treatment modalities of the tooth/pulp in pain control.
    • Adjunctive endodontic treatment (i.e., apexification, etc.)
    • Use of pharmacological agents for pre- and post-procedure pain control including analgesics, antibiotics, and anesthetics.
      Tissue regeneration/engineering—growing pulp and teeth.
  • Geriatric Endodontics
    Topic: Geriatric Endodontics
    Learning Objectives:
    • Describe the needs of an aging population for endodontic treatment.
    • Describe the causes for a different diagnostic and treatment mindset in providing endodontic care to the elderly.
    • Describe the treatment methods necessary for successful geriatric endodontic care.

    As humans age, secondary dentin formation occurs within root canal systems physiologically. The material presented will relate to this situation and indications for treatment, as well as treatment modalities will be discussed. The importance of recognizing the needs of an increasing elderly patient population will be explored, and conclusions will be given that demonstrate how, why and where such treatment should be carried out. The role of pharmaceutical preparations taken by these patients and their effect on treatment success also will be presented.


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

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