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Richard E. Walton, D.M.D., M.S.

Biography

Dr. Walton is a native of the Pacific Northwest. He earned his D.M.D. degree from the University of Oregon in 1965, and Masters in Histology and Certificate in Endodontics at the University of Illinois in 1970. As a long-time educator and researcher, he has taught at the University of Connecticut and Medical College of Georgia. He currently serves as professor emeritus of endodontics at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, and was chair of the department for 13 years.

Dr. Walton has published extensively in clinical and basic science literature. He co-authored the textbook Principles and Practice of Endodontics with Dr. Mahmoud Torabinejad, which is now in its fourth edition. He has also received numerous teaching and research awards from the University of Iowa, and is the 2001 recipient of the AAE Louis I. Grossman Award. He recently had an endowed professorship established in his name at the University of Iowa.

Contact information

University of Iowa
College of Dentistry
Department of Endodontics
435 Dental Science Building S
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-7475
Fax: 319-335-9663
Email: richard-walton@uiowa.edu

Available Sessions

  • Acute Endodontic Emergency: Diagnosis and Management
    Topic: Emergency Treatment

    Endodontic emergencies are difficult in diagnosis and treatment. This presentation will include how to determine the etiology of pain and/or swelling, and establish a diagnosis and design a treatment plan, which includes management of the pain and pathosis. Also outlined will be approaches such as pulpotomy, debridement, opening incision for drainage, etc. A rational therapeutic regimen, including analgesics and antibiotics will also be discussed.

    Two-hour lecture.

  • Endodontic Problem Solving: Managing Emergencies and Resolving Anesthesia Difficulties
    Topic: Problem Solving in Endodontics

    This presentation will be directed toward managing these common challenges, and include treatment of acute emergencies, as well as preventing and resolving flare-ups that occur occasionally after an appointment. Another frequent challenge is anesthetizing the endodontic patient. The inherent problem in attaining profound anesthesia (particularly with pulpitis) and some proposed explanations will also be discussed, along with alternative anesthetic techniques and some approaches to deliver “painless” injections.

    Two-hour lecture.

  • Geriatric Endodontics: Diagnosis and Treatment of the Elderly Patient
    Topic: Geriatric Endodontics

    Older dental patients with increasingly complex dental needs are becoming more common. This presentation will discuss the many similarities and differences the elderly have with younger patients with emphasis on some beliefs that likely are incorrect. The pulpal and periapical biology and responses, medical considerations and restorative factors will also be presented. Root canal treatment is often more challenging, and the reasons why and strategies for management will be incorporated in the discussion.

    Two-hour lecture.

  • Doctor, Can You Correct My Dark Tooth? Principles of Internal Bleaching
    Topic: Nonsurgical Endodontic Treatment & Retreatment

    A single, discolored incisor is a common occurrence. This often is of concern to a patient, particularly in the “age of dental esthetics.” How can this be corrected, what is the etiology and how predictable is the outcome? This presentation will discuss the systematic approaches to understanding internal discoloration and its management, and the diagnosis and location of the stain. The techniques of bleaching and prognostication will also be discussed.

    Two-hour lecture.

  • Endodontic Problem Solving: Managing Emergencies and Resolving Anesthesia Difficulties
    Topic: Pharmacology

    The presentation will be directed toward managing these common challenges, and include treatment of acute emergencies, as well as preventing and resolving flare-ups that occur occasionally after an appointment. Another frequent challenge is anesthetizing the endodontic patient. The inherent problem in attaining profound anesthesia (particularly with pulpitis), some proposed explanations, and alternative anesthetic techniques and some approaches to deliver “painless” injections will also be discussed.

    One half-day lecture.

  • Antibiotics in Endodontics: Are They Useful?
    Topic: Pharmacology

    Antibiotics are commonly utilized (as shown in a recent survey) in different situations in endodontics. In general, antibiotics are misused, overused and abused. They should be prescribed effectively and appropriately based on data from controlled clinical trials.

    The suggested uses (without evidence) include:

    • Attempting to prevent flare-ups;
    • Resolve abscesses;
    • Speed healing or prevent infection after surgery;
    • Reduce resorption following traumatic injuries;
    • Resolve pulpitis;
    • Prevent sinusitis with oral-antral communications; and so on.

    Antibiotic efficacy in different scenarios based on the literature, and suggestions for which situations antibiotics might be effective in are also discussed.

    One half-day lecture.

Disclosure

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

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