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PNDC Spotlight: Dr. L. Stephen Buchanan "The Art Of Endodontics"

The 2015 PNDC is proud to present Dr. L. Stephen Buchanan in a two-part lecture called "The Art of Endodontics."
The 2015 PNDC is proud to present Dr. L. Stephen Buchanan in a two-part lecture called "The Art of Endodontics."
 
 
The Art of Endodontics: Everything Has Changed but the Anatomy
Thursday, June 11 from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
 
This first part of a two-part lecture relates the most fundamental and unchanging endodontic issues—pulp, dentin, root, and root canal anatomy—to principles of treatment, simplifying our choices among evolving procedural technologies. A diagnostic regimen is shown that can definitively rule endo in or out, and if pain is of endo etiology, it can definitively discover which tooth is referring the pain. The use of cone beam CT imaging is shown as a diagnostic as well as a treatment planning tool, finishing with a logical decision tree clinicians can use when considering whether to save the tooth with further treatment or to replace it with an implant fixture.
 
Learning Objectives:
• Understand the influence of endodontic anatomy on pulp degeneration and how the complexities of root canal systems dictate treatment to their full apical and lateral extents
• Understand how 3D and 2D radiography with thermal pulp testing can deliver 100 percent diagnostic confidence
• Understand how to treatment plan emergency care, endo vs implant, and how you are going to successfully invade pt’s root canal systems
 
The Art of Endodontics: Everything Has Changed but the Anatomy
Thursday, June 11 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 
This second of a two-part lecture shows Dr. Buchanan’s most current treatment methods, shot in HD through clear tooth replicas and during treatment of live patient cases. Procedures covered included guided-access cavities, rotary negotiation, shaping canals with one to three files, bug-jarring irrigation and 3D obturation accomplished in seconds.
 
Learning Objectives:
• Learn how cutting with guided access burs reduces loss of tooth structure while improving file paths
• Learn how rotary negotiation brings the 10X improvement that rotary shaping did 15 years ago
• Discover why 3D obturation can improve success rates and how simple it is to do with today’s technology
 

About Dr. Buchanan: 
Buchanan was valedictorian of his class at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, and completed the Endodontic Graduate program at Temple University in 1980. He maintains a private practice limited to endodontics in Santa Barbara, California.

Buchanan began pursuing 3-D anatomy research early in his career In 1986, he became the first person in dentistry to use micro CT technology to show the intricacies of root structure. He continues this work today using his own micro CT scanner to produce research, leading-edge multi-media and educational resources.

In addition to his activities as an educator and practicing clinician, Dr. Buchanan holds a number of patents for dental instruments and techniques. Most notably, he was the first to introduce variably-tapered shaping instruments for use in endodontic therapy and pioneered a systembased approach to treating root canals.

He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics and a Fellow of the International and American Colleges of Dentistry. He also serves as an assistant clinical professor at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry, Department of Graduate Endodontics.