Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Modern Endodontics: Biologic and Conservative

Frank Setzer, DMD, PhD, MS

Clinic Director and Pre-Doctoral Program Director, Department of Endodontics, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

Frank Setzer, DMD, PhD, MS

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. Dr. Setzer serves as the Clinic Director and Pre-Doctoral Program Director at the Department of Endodontics of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Setzer lectures on several topics of endodontics throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia. He has authored articles on endodontics in peer-review journals and serves as Associate Editor for Endodontics for Quintessence International and, amongst other journals, on the scientific advisory board of Journal of Endodontics, International Endodontic Journal and Journal of the American Dental Association.


Root canal treatment has become much more predictable. The best prognosis is if the canals are optimally cleaned and sealed while conserving tooth structure. Diagnosis, endodontic treatment and permanent restoration together guarantee long-term survival of the tooth. New materials and techniques for optimal disinfection and root filling are discussed and scientifically backed.


Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  • understand different approaches for vital versus necrotic cases
  • obtain adequate apical sizes while maintaining coronal dentin
  • implement new instrumentation and irrigation protocols including ultrasonic activation
  • understand root filling with bonded systems
  • know which cases to refer
  • be able to use scout files to achieve a glide path
  • understand BioRace file sequence
  • implement bioceramic bonded root canal filling materials
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