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An Update on Surgical Treatment Options in TMJ Disease

This lecture will update the audience on recent advances in surgical approaches to TMJ disease as well as review current literature on outcomes.

Educational Objectives

  • Understand which patient may be surgical candidates for TMJ surgery
  • Discuss utilization of new technologies to optimize surgical outcomes in TMJ procedures
  • Review the most recent outcomes studies in TMJ surgery
Eric J. Granquist, DMD, MD

Eric J. Granquist, DMD, MD, leads the Penn Center for Temporomandibular Disease. He completed his surgical training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Granquist’s primary interest is in temporomandibular surgery and translational research. His current work includes the investigation of biomarkers in osteoarthritis of the TMJ as well as the development of novel imaging modalities of the temporomandibular joint. In addition to this work, he is also the principal investigator in several large clinical trials involving the surgical treatment of the TMJ. Dr. Granquist has an active clinical practice at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Disclosure:  Dr. Granquist is a ZimmerBiomet consultant and participates in the ZimmerBiomet speakers bureau.

Modern Advanced Endodontics: The Way Taught and Practiced at Penn Endo

With rapid and significant advancements in technology and material science, endodontic therapy has changed significantly past decade. Four areas of advancement are; Microscope, CBCT, 3D rotary file system and Bioceramic material. In this presentation each areas will be addressed. Some 80 years ago over 40% of US population had totally edentulous when one reached 60 years old.. Due to acceptance of endodontic therapy and education of good oral hygiene now new dentist license examination does not include making denture in USA. These significant advancements are due to steady improvement in endodontic therapy from silver point to ZOE lateral condensation to vertical compaction to the rotary file instrument technique to 3D file system. Furthermore endodontic Microsurgery has replaced the old traditional Apicoectomy with a great success rate.

This seminar will address modern endo therapy based on these advancements.

Syngcuk Kim, DDS, PhD

Dr. Kim is well known and respected for his research in dental pulp physiology and microcirculationrunning the Pulp Biology Laboratory when he was a faculty member at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. When he joined the Dental School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1992 as chairman of the Department of Endodontics, Dr. Kim not only brought the department into the “New Age “ using the Microscope in endodontics, but also established the Microscope Training Center at the School. Since its inception, over 1000 leaders in endodontic education and clinical practitioners from the USA, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia have been trained at the Center. It is the longest running University based continuation program in the world. He also changed old fashioned endodontic surgery to modern microsurgery by developing a series of microinstruments for the field and writing a textbook entitled,“Color Atlas of Microsurgery in Endodontics” published in 2000 by the Saunders Co. Extensive speaking engagements take Dr. Kim to universities, conferences, study clubs, and professional associations in the US and abroad. Dr. Kim has published over seventy articles in peer review journals. He has also served as Guest Editor in the Dental Clinics of North America series, published in July 1997 and 2004 and he is co-author of a text book in endodontics entitled “Endodontology, a Color Atlas of Dental Medicine”, Thieme Co., Germany 2000. This text book has been translated to 14 languages. His current research interest is evaluation of various dental materials using stem-cell lines.

Disclosure: Dr. Kim has no relevant financial interests to disclose.

Dental Implants in Periodontal Prosthesis: The Past the Present and the Future!

Periodontal prosthesis is defined as those restorative and prosthetic endeavors that are absolutely essential in the treatment of advanced periodontal disease. Whereas specifically it refers to the treatment of the dentition mutilated by the ravages of periodontal disease, in general its concepts, principles, and techniques may be employed in any restorative or tooth replacement service involving the natural dentition or dental implants.

The presentation will evaluate the tremendous changes occurred in periodontal prosthesis as a result of introducing dental implants in treating patients with advance periodontal disease or missing teeth:

  • From tooth-oriented treatment plan to implant-oriented treatment plan
  • From analog dentistry to digital dentistry
  • From casting to computer assisted milling
  • From porcelain fuse to metal to monolithic zirconium
  • From esthetically oriented single tooth implant to all implant supported prosthesis
  • And new horizons in understanding the biology of Osseointegration

Educational Objectives

  • Understand what is periodontal prosthesis.
  • Understanding the role of implants in periodontal prosthesis concept and techniques.
  • What are the biological and esthetic challenges in implant supported prosthesis.
  • Understanding bone remodeling around dental implants and the factors responsible for it.
  • Evaluate the possibility in advancing the implant design with a better functional and esthetic outcome.
Dumitru Gogarnoiu, DMD

Dumitru Gogarnoiu D.M.D., studied Stomatology at the Institute of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest Romania. In 1981, Dr. Gogarnoiu came to the US and served as a dental technician to the world renowned dental implantalogist Dr. Leonard Linkow in New York. Dr. Gogarnoiu was accepted in the DMD program at University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1985. After graduating in 1989, he entered in the Periodontal Prosthesis program under Morton Amsterdam and Arnold Weisgold. Since 1992, he has maintained different academic positions including the Co-Director of the Periodontal Prosthesis program at University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Gogarnoiu was the Director of the prestigious “Amsterdam Award” committee.

Dr. Gogarnoiu lectures internationally on the topics of Periodontal Prosthesis and Dental Implants and has published in peer reviewed dental journals. Dr. Gogarnoiu has been granted numerous utility patents in the US and Europe related to dental implants.

Disclosure: Dr. Gogarnoiu has no relevant financial interests to disclose.

Intuitive Endodontics

As a result of recent advances in nickel titanium metallurgy, we now have both heat treated and non-heat treated rotary files. They eash possess different properties and both have distinct indications for use, as well as limitations. Dr. Koch believes that these improvements should be emplyed to their utmost advantage. Consequently, a blended technique has been developed that combines the advantages of both heat treated and non-heated files into one Awesome Endodontic Technique. A technique that is completely intuitive by design. Bioceramic obturation will also be discussed including the development of a “drill-free” matching post system.

Educational Objectives

  • Comprehend the advantages of heat treated files and how best to use them.
  • Discover how the “Blend Technique” is completely intuitive in its design.
  • Gain full knowledge on the benefits of bioceramic obturation and the incorporation of matching posts (when indicated).
Anne L. Koch, DMD

Dr. Anne L. Koch received both her DMD and certificate in Endodontics from the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the founder and past Director of the postdoctoral Program in Endodontics and Microsurgery at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Following her clinical and academic career, Annie formed her own successful technology and development company, Real World Endo, of which she was CEO and President. Dr. Koch maintains adjunct faculty positions at PENN and Harvard and is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the PENN SDM as well as serving as a Board member for the “Center for Innovation and Precision Dentistry.” The author of more than 150 articles, Annie continues to lecture extensively on endodontics.

Disclosure: Dr. Koch is a consultant for Brasseler USA. This presentation will reference EndoSequence Rotary Files and Bioceramic Sealer (BC Sealer).


Maren Gaughan
Associate Dean for Leadership Giving