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From left: AAE President Dr. Patrick E. Taylor, AAE19 General Chair Dr. Alan S. Law and keynote speaker Mike Walsh discuss future trends during the opening session of AAE19 in Montreal. Attendees who were following along on the AAE app were able to submit questions, which were posed to Walsh in rapid-fire style. (Photo: Fred Michmershuizen/ Dental Tribune America)

Meeting review: AAE19 in Montreal

By Fred Michmershuizen / DTA
April 17, 2019

Montreal, Quebec, CANADA: Endodontic specialists from all over the world gathered at Palais des Congrès in Montreal April 10 to 13 for AAE19, annual meeting of the American Association of Endodontists. The meeting offered a wide selection of educational offerings, an exhibit hall filled with the latest products and technology and plenty of networking opportunities and social events.

With everything from lectures to hands-on workshops and everything in between being offered, one thing was certain: AAE19 offered plenty of educational opportunities.

Highlights of the AAE’s popular “To the Point” lecture series, being offered on the exhibit hall floor, included “Why GentleWave? Efficacy, Efficiency and Practice Impact,” presented by Dr. James Smith; and “3-D Imaging in Private Practice: Refer It Out or Do It Yourself?” presented by Dr. Allen Ali Nasseh.

Other educational highlights included “Predictable and Minimally Invasive Techniques for Instrument Retrieval,” presented by Dr. Yoshi Terauchi and Dr. L. Stephen Buchanan; and “Things I Learned the Hard Way,” presented by Dr. Lou Berman and Dr. C. John Munce.

Futurist Mike Walsh, CEO of innovation consultancy Tomorrow and award-winning, bestselling author of “Futuretainment,” offered the keynote address. He summarized trends currently shaping the future of business and consumer behavior, focusing on how data-driven algorithms are leading to a digital transformation.

After his talk, AAE President Dr. Patrick E. Taylor and AAE19 General Chair Dr. Alan S. Law joined Walsh on stage for a couch discussion. Attendees were able to pose follow-up questions via the AAE meeting app.

 

 

In the exhibit hall, more than 100 companies were on hand with their offerings designed to make treatment of patients better and more efficient.

At Sonendo, developer of the GentleWave System, attendees could attend an in-booth presentation. The company also offered a number of educational opportunities, including a “To the Point” lecture offered by Dr. Kirk Coury and Dr. James C. Douthitt in the exhibit hall. The company describes the GentleWave System as the “next evolution in endodontic technology that has transformed an ever-expanding network of progressive practices across the country.”

At ClaroNav, AAE attendees could learn about the trace and place (TaP) element of dynamic navigation, which eliminates the need for a fiducial stent, thus reducing the workflow time as well as the need for an extra registration scan. According to the company, this also eliminates the concern of needing the fiducial positioned in exactly the same position during the surgery as it was during the scan.

Seiler offered demonstrations of its new Promise Vision 3D surgical microscope, which boasts a heads-up dental display for better ergonomics and unobstructed peripheral vision.

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