What is Pure Dental Learning?

Pure Dental Learning (PDL) is an online dental learning resource center, which includes a library of searchable instructional cases, clinically relevant literature, and webinar programs by leading dental researchers, educators, and practicing clinicians.

Dr. Terry Pannkuk created this online center in 2013 with the intent of bridging students, researchers, educators, and clinicians for the purpose of discovery and collaboration of ideas. Participants will note that there are no direct commercial sponsors influencing the discussion of science and clinical instruction and that the focus is on objective clinical science minimizing bias to the greatest extent possible. The authors of submitted instructional cases may have clinical opinions but evidence-based analyses are submitted as part of each case series by a diverse group of post-graduate students, researchers, and educators who have a special interest and knowledge for each presented topic.

The goal of PDL is to expand into all related disciplines of dentistry and provide high quality objective dental learning. We are constantly looking for contributors to share ideas for future growth. Our hope is that PDL will raise the bar in all dental disciplines and ultimately improve patient-centered health care.

Chief Editor:

Terry Pannkuk, DDS, MScD

  • Chief Editor, Pure Dental Learning
  • Volunteer Clinical Professor, University of California at San Francisco
  • Private Endodontic Specialty Practice, Santa Barbara, California
  • (2013 – 2015) Honorary Lecturer, University of Warwick

Dr. Terry Pannkuk

Dr. Terry Pannkuk, a native of California, graduated from University of California at Los Angeles with a degree in Biology, Georgetown Dental School with a D.D.S., and Boston University with an M.Sc.D. in Endodontics. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, former editor and publisher of “The Endodontic Report”, former president of the Boston University Endodontic Alumni Association, current reviewer for the Journal of Endodontics (official journal of the American Association of Endodontists), Past President of the Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry, President and Founder of the Schilder Institute for the Advancement of Endodontics, Editor and Publisher of PDL (Pure Dental Learning), Honorary Lecturer at the University of Warwick (2013 - 2015), Volunteer Clinical Professor at the University of California at San Francisco, and international lecturer-author of topics relating to clinical endodontics.

He lives and practices in Santa Barbara, California.

Advisory Committee:

Fred Barnett, DMD

  • Chairman, Department of Dental Medicine
  • Chairman & Program Director, Division of Endodontics
  • Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia

George Huang, DDS

  • Professor and Director for Stem Cells and Regenerative Therapies, UTHSC
  • Recipient of the 2015 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Pulp Biology and Regeneration

Clifford J. Ruddle, DDS 

  • Assistant Professor of Graduate Endodontics at LLU and UCLA
  • Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF
  • Adjunct Assistant Prof. of Endodontics at UOP
  • Founder and Director of Advanced Endodontics

Jenny He, DMD

  • Clinical Associate Professor at Texas A&M University College of Dentistry
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics
  • Associate Editor of the Journal of Endodontics
  • Full-time private practice limited to Endodontics in Dallas, TX

Liviu Steier, DMD

  • Associate Clinical Professor
  • Clinical  and Course Director in Endodontics, Warwick Dentistry-The University of Warwick
  • Examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh