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Exceptional Contemporary Endodontics: It's not just twist and fill410-706-2282

Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry

Presented by: Stephen P. Niemczyk, DMD

Speaker Biography:

Dr. Niemczyk

Dr. Niemczyk graduated from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Dental Medicine (SDM), receiving his DMD in 1982 and his postgraduate Endodontic certificate in 1984. He was appointed clinical assistant professor in the Department of Endodontics in 1984, and established a private practice limited to Endodontics in Drexel Hill, Pa. He lectured extensively within the SDM at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, directed the pre-clinical endodontic laboratory and was later named to the full-time position of director of undergraduate dndodontics.

Dr. Niemczyk also served as the interim post graduate director and endodontic clinic director during his tenure at the SDM. He was the first director of the laboratory portion of the two-day Microscopic Endodontic Surgery Course, the first university-based course of its kind in the U.S. He was the recipient of many awards, including consecutive Earl Banks Hoyt Awards for Academic Teaching Excellence. Since 1995, Dr. Niemczyk has been the director of endodontic microsurgery at Harvard University in Boston and Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. He also serves as a surgical consultant to the Postgraduate Endodontic Program at the Walter Reed National Medical Center (formerly the National Naval Medical Center) in Bethesda, Md., the U. S. Army Endodontic Residency Program in Fort Gordon, Ga. and is an adjunct lecturer and mentor at The Scottsdale Center for Dentistry.

Dr. Niemczyk has lectured extensively in the U.S., Central America, Europe and Asia on topics ranging from microsurgery and intentional replantation to advances in non-surgical endodontics and cone-beam CT use in endodontics. He has authored numerous papers and a chapter on microsurgery in Dental Clinics of North America. Dr. Niemczyk is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Journal of Endodontics and the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Medicine and Pathology. He is the founder of Endodontic Microsurgical Innovations, dedicated to the development of new treatment techniques and instrumentation. He is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Dental Associations, American Association of Endodontists, Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity and numerous study clubs, including the L.I. Grossman in Philadelphia and Edward C. Penick in Washington, D.C. (president, 2008-2009). He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, and maintains a full-time practice limited to Endodontics in Drexel Hill, Pa.

Course Description:

Although modern instrumentation and obturation methods have simplified the execution of canal shaping and sealing, they play a small role in the overall delivery of contemporary endodontic treatment. Contradictory signs and symptoms challenge the operator’s diagnostic acumen, leaving the doctor somewhat “Pulp-plexed.” Anatomical variants in canal shape and number are more common than once thought, and performing these procedures without the benefit of visual augmentation is literally “working in the dark.” 

This full-day presentation focuses on these concerns, utilizing 21st-century methods and armamentarium. The morning session addresses the keystone in treatment planning: the what, why and how of diagnosis. What are the etiologies/symptoms of the present disease, why do they present that way and how are they treated? Testing protocols and techniques will be discussed, and the participants will be familiarized with the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) flow schedule for treatment and referral. Tooth-specific anatomy will be presented as a foundation for Anatomically Directed Access Preparation (ADAP), and anatomical variants will be examined using the eHuman™ Tooth Atlas.

The afternoon session focuses on the Surgical Operating Microscope and the “Virtual Operating Microscope©,” the Cone-Beam CT. Attendees are introduced to the basic working knowledge of the CBCT, culminating in a selection of case presentations. Using real-time manipulations of patient scans, attendees will gain an appreciation for what they cannot appreciate in a 2-D radiographic image: missed canals, anatomical variants and undisclosed disease.

The Surgical Operating Microscope (SOM) has had an immeasurable impact on the practice of endodontics, enabling the practitioner to approach difficult treatment scenarios with unprecedented confidence. Using a multi-media format, the attendees can experience what is possible in the SOM arena.
Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the participants should be able to:

  • Understand the principles of formulating a "Dynamic Diagnosis"
  • Describe the advantage of 3-D vs. 2-D visualization
  • Grasp micro-techniques for canal location/discovery employing ultrasonic instrumentation
  • Understand "souvenir" removal separated instrument retrieval techniques
  • Comprehend perforation repair using biocompatible materials (MTA, Mineral Trioxide Aggregate)


  • Dentist: $275
  • Team Member: $175

CDE Credits:

  • 6 CDE credit hours - lecture and hands-on

The University of Maryland School of Dentistry has designated this activity for 6 Continuing Dental Education hours.


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