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Mahmoud Torabinejad, D.M.D., M.S.D., Ph.D.


Dr. Torabinejad is a professor of endodontics and director of the advanced specialty education program in endodontics at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. He practices two half-days, has made over 200 national and international presentations in more than 40 countries. He has authored four textbooks and more than 300 publications. Dr. Torabinejad is the #1 author of citation classics in the field of endodontics. He is the top-cited author in endodontic journals with authorship in 16 articles of the top 100 list. He received the AAE Ralph F. Sommer Award 1986, the AAE Louis I. Grossman Award 1993, and he received the Philanthropist Award from the AAE Foundation 1997. He was the recipient of the Loma Linda University Centennial Van Guard Award for Healing 2006. Dr. Torabinejad received the Distinguished Research Award from the dental school 2008. In recognition of his significant pioneering contributions to health sciences, he received the Loma Linda University distinguished investigator award in 2013. He received the Edward D. Coolidge Award of the AAE for displaying leadership and dedication to dentistry and endodontics in 2016. He is a past president of the California Association of endodontics and past president of the American Association of Endodontists and its Foundation.

Contact information

Loma Linda University
School of Dentistry
Department of Endodontics
Room 4401
11092 Anderson St.
Loma Linda, CA 92350-1706
Phone: 909-558-4681
Fax: 909-558-0122

Available Sessions

  • Factors Affecting Treatment Planning for Root Canal Treatment and Single-Tooth Implants
    Topic: Endodontic Surgery

    When routine endodontic procedures fail, endodontic surgery is an alternative to extraction and placement of a crown, bridge or implant. The main cause for root canal failure is the presence of bacteria within the root canal system. Studies have shown a significant percentage of failed root canals heal following retreatment. This lecture will discuss when to retreat and perform surgical endodontics. Various types of endodontic surgeries, including indications for calcified canals, irretrievable filling materials, symptomatic cases, procedural accidents requiring surgery, presence of a nonremovable post, unusual canal anatomy, horizontal apical fracture and exploratory surgery, will be presented. Outcomes of endodontic surgery will be discussed based on systematic literature reviews and compared to nonsurgical retreatment and single-tooth implants.

    One full-day lecture, workshop or live demonstration.

  • Root Canal Treatment or Dental Implant?
    Topic: Endodontics vs Single-Tooth Implants

    Advances in endosseous implants have had a significant effect on treatment planning in dentistry. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss factors involved in decision making regarding selection of root canal treatment or dental implants. Indications and contraindications, as well as the criteria used to determine the outcomes of root canal treatment and dental implants will be reviewed. In addition, success rates and the factors affecting the success of each treatment modality will be discussed. Current data indicates similar levels of clinical functionality over time for both treatments. Retention or removal of teeth should be based on thorough knowledge related to risk factors affecting the long-term prognosis of root canal treatment and dental implants.

    One half-day lecture.

  • Retreatment for Unsuccessful Endodontic Treatment
    Topic: Nonsurgical Endodontic Treatment & Retreatment

    Initial root canal treatment may not heal for a number of reasons. The major cause is the failure to eliminate microorganisms that were present at the time of initial treatment, or their introduction into the root canal system after the initial treatment was completed. The treatment options for endodontic failures include nonsurgical retreatment, endodontic surgery, intentional replantation and extraction with or without further treatment. Indications, contraindications and the outcomes of each procedure will also be discussed based on the available evidence in the literature.

    One half-day lecture.

  • Management of Accidental Procedures During Root Canal Treatment
    Topic: Outcome Assessment Success & Failure

    Root canal treatment, like other disciplines of dentistry is sometimes associated with unwanted and unforeseen circumstances that are collectively called procedural accidents. These mishaps can occur during diagnosis, access preparation, cleaning and shaping, obturation, as well as during post-space preparation. Knowledge of the etiologic factors involved in these accidents is essential for their prevention. Methods of recognition and treatment, as well as their effects on success and failure of endodontics, are also important. In this audio/video presentation, participants will learn how to avoid and manage accidental procedures during root canal treatment.

    One half-day lecture.


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

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