CDE: Department of Endodontics Class of 2021 Final Case Presentations

Jun, 2021
08:00 AM-11:00 AM

Virtually presented via Zoom Webinar

Time: 8:00-11:00 am; this virtual lecture will begin promptly at 8:00 am via Zoom.
Registration: FREE to view (does not include continuing education credits); Registration is still required.
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CE Credits:
3.0 lecture credits
To receive continuing education credits:
Dentist, $75.00
Penn Dental Medicine Alumni, $56.00
Military, $56.00

Assessment and Non-Pharmacological Management of Dental Anxiety


This lecture will discuss established methods of assessing patients’ levels of dental anxiety as well as research on a new and improved measure of dental anxiety. Non-pharmacological management of patients with different levels of dental anxiety will also be discussed.

Educational Objectives
  • Understand which patients have dental anxiety and why
  • Understand the ways in which we can assess patients’ levels of dental anxiety
  • Understand the ways in which we can manage patients’ dental anxiety non-pharmacologically

Hallie Landy, DMD, is a second year Endodontics resident at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. She also earned her D.M.D. at Penn with Community Oral Health Honors in 2019. Prior to this, she graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Human Biology, Health, and Society. She is a recipient of the Vernon Brightman Research Society Award. When she is not working, she enjoys trivia games, calligraphy, and cheering for the Baltimore Ravens.

Disclosure: Dr. Landy has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Advanced Techniques in Endodontic Microsurgery: Bone Window, 3-D Stent Guided, and Dynamic Guided Approaches, “Treating the Difficult Situation”


Endodontic microsurgery is a highly successful treatment option to resolve failed nonsurgical root canal treatment and recurrent apical periodontitis1-6. In order to achieve success, the operator must have sufficient access to the pathologic area with good visualization, complete an ideal resection and ultrasonic root-end preparation, place a root-end filling, and re-approximate the soft tissue to achieve primary closure. Potential complications with endodontic microsurgery are thick cortical bone, close proximity to vital structures like the sinuses, mental foramen or greater palatine artery, and large lesions that are difficult to reach. These difficulties can be addressed using new techniques and advanced technologies now available. We will review three of these techniques and corresponding technologies and their applications in endodontic microsurgery.

Educational Objectives
  • To be able to assess difficult microsurgical cases and treatment plan accordingly prior to start of procedure.
  • To be familiar with new technologies that may aid microsurgical procedures and make more difficult cases more efficient, predictable, and safe.

Alex Ruch, DMD is a Philadelphia native. Dr. Ruch attended the University of Pennsylvania for both undergraduate and graduate studies. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors distinction in Biology, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and his Doctor of Dental Medicine from UPenn. Alex has been recognized with several awards from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and the Academy of Gold Foil Operators.

Alex also commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy in 2011. He completed Officer Development School in 2012 and, upon graduating dental school in 2015, he was promoted to Lieutenant. While serving on active duty, Alex was stationed at Naval Station Norfolk Branch Health Clinic and Naval Branch Health Clinic Groton. Alex joined Penn’s post-graduate endodontic program in 2019. Upon graduation, Alex will be joining a private practice in the Philadelphia area.

When he is not busy with school, Alex enjoys spending time with his family and is also an accomplished painter.

Disclosure: Dr. Ruch has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

MRI in Endodontics


This lecture will present a brief overview on the basic working principle of magnetic resonance imaging and its clinical applications in the field of Endodontics.

Educational Objectives
  • Conceptual understanding of basic principles of magnetic resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Learning about the history of MRI in Endodontics
  • Learning about the recent technical advances in MRI with a focus on Endodontic applications
  • Recognize the limitations and future developments of MRI in Endodontics

Ritu Manchanda, BDS. DMD earned her B.D.S degree from Bharati Vidyapeeth Dental College, Pune, India in 2001. After graduation, she worked with medically compromised patients in the oral and maxillofacial surgery department in a tertiary care hospital in India. She then practiced as a general dentist in a private clinic for few years in India before moving to USA. In 2009, she joined the PASS program for internationally trained dentists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine for receiving her DMD degree. Later, she practiced as a general dentist for 10 years in Pennsylvania state providing comprehensive care to her patients before deciding to pursue Endodontic specialty training.

At present, Dr. Manchanda is a second-year endodontic resident at Penn Dental Medicine. After finishing this program, she will be working in a private practice in Pennsylvania, USA.

Disclosure: Dr. Manchanda has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine designates this activity for 3.0 continuing education credits.