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The Multitooth Endodontic Exam and Comprehensive Treatment Planning

Saturday, March 1, 2014 | Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM PST

CDE Credits: 2.00 Teaching Methods: Lecture; Live Online or Self-Instructional Video Length: 2 hours

PDL is an ADA CERP recognized provider. PDL designates this activity for 2.00 hours continuing dental education credit.

Webinar Title: The Multitooth Endodontic Exam and Comprehensive Treatment Planning

Presenters: Dr. Marc Alexander & Dr. Terry Pannkuk

Date Recorded: March 1, 2014

Duration: 2 hours

CDE Credits: 2.00 CDE credits will be issued by Pure Dental Learning



Traditionally endodontists are referred one, or two teeth for a simple examination to determine if a pulp is vital or an abscess is present. Their practices often become streamlined to efficiently meet, treat, and return patients back to the referring dentist without any disruption or change of predetermined treatment plans. Is this the ideal way to thoughtfully deliver the best dental service to the patient? In this course, Dr. Pannkuk (endodontist) and Dr. Alexander (prosthodontist) will provide insightful, logically-derived strategies for thorough examination, organization of data, interpretation, and treatment decision-making. Unequivocal communication and systematic development of complex treatment plans will be highlighted with the correct and necessary dental information required for each strategic tooth while looking at the entire dentition as a whole. Dr. Alexander will present a broad perspective that will help clinicians understand complex treatment planning and the team goals of patient-centered definitive dental care.

Course Outline

A. The Comprehensive Dental Plan: Dr. Alexander will approach the restorability perspective and how he views teeth in the dentition as a whole for comprehensive dental rehabilitation:

  1. Determining the required parameters a restorative dentist should know to deliver a good prognosis and which of these parameters are relevant on a sliding scale that would increase or decrease longevity.
  2. How to evaluate and make a determination on a tooth by tooth level and the whole mouth
  3. How decide which foundation to build with, or without a post, then which materials to choose
  4. How to look at the whole picture, including occlusion, opposing occlusion, para-function, and spot areas of arch having these dysfunctional discrepancies

B. Full Mouth Endodontic Examination: Dr. Pannkuk will discuss the endodontist’s role and responsibilities as a comprehensive dental treatment team member

  1. What should the endodontist consider when examining teeth for a comprehensive treatment plan?
  2. How to organize an exam strategy different than a single tooth emergency.
  3. How to logically collect necessary exam data in an efficient way.
  4. How to write a meaningful report prioritizing teeth to be treated.
  5. Decision Points, team communication and treatment Plan Modification

C. Comprehensive Case Review (Drs. Alexander and Pannkuk)

D. Interactive Q and A.


At the end of the webinar the participant will better understand the importance and necessity of understanding the entire patient and their dentition as a whole before embarking upon endodontic treatment of a single tooth. The skills gained will be as follows:

1.Systematic team approach to complex treatment planning

  1. Logically organizing and executing a patient-centered comprehensive dental plan
  2. Keeping the “big treatment picture” in focus by understanding which parameters affect prognosis and outcome
  3. Efficient but thorough examination of relevant teeth to be considered strategically important to the comprehensive dental treatment plan.
  4. Accurate prognosis assessment and determination of tooth restorability
  5. Ideal prioritization and ordering of multiple teeth to be treated.
  6. Determination of critical decision points necessary to continue, alter, and follow-up executed treatment

The presentation will be highly interactive where the registrant will be able to ask questions directly of the presenters either by chat box ordered questions or direct AV link if they have a functioning headset. We expect numerous experts from around the world to attend and participate in the discussion. PDL webinar programs offer the most unique opportunities to learn the world’s leading clinical expert and interact directly with them”

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Dr. Marc Alexander has no relevant commercial relationships. Dr. Terry Pannkuk, DDS, MScD has no relevant commercial relationships.

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Dr. Marc Alexander

Dr. Marc Alexander


P.O. Box 743
Summerland, CA 93067, United States


Dr. Marc L. Alexander was born in Cape Town, South Africa and received his Bachelor of Science and Dental Degree from the University of Stellenbosch in 1985. He served as Director of South African Air Force Base Dental Clinic prior to joining as a partner in a private Dental Practice specializing in Prosthodontics and Periodontics in South Africa. In pursuit of specialization in Prosthodontics, together with his wife, Vivien, Dr. Alexander moved from South Africa to the United States. In 1996 he graduated with honors from the University of Southern California, Advanced Prosthodontics, and was awarded the Alex Koper Merit Scholarship for Excellence in Clinical Achievement. Upon completion of his Prosthodontic Studies, Dr. Alexander joined the Faculty of USC as Associate Professor of Clinical Dentistry and Director of Occlusion (bite and function);Director of Treatment planning, and Director of all outside Laboratory services for USC. He currently continues as a part-time Associate Professor. In May, 1999 Dr. Alexander began his current full-time private practice in Montecito, CA specializing in Prosthodontics. He is a Past-President of the Santa Barbara Interdisciplinary Esthetic Dental Network, and has lectured for the California Dental Association , University of Southern California, and Component Dental Societies on topics related to Prosthodontics, Esthetics and Occlusion. He is also published in peer reviewed Journals. Dr. Alexander is a member of the California Dental Association, American Dental Association, American Academy of Prosthodontics, and Academy of Osseointegration. Dr. Alexander is currently on the USC Faculty for Continuing Education of Dentists (Odontic Seminar). He resides in Montecito, California with his wife and three children.

Dr. Terry Pannkuk, DDS, MScD

Dr. Terry Pannkuk, DDS, MScD


9 E Pedregosa Street, Suite B
Santa Barbara, CA 93101, United States


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), 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.

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Original Release Date: March 1, 2014
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*Expiration Date: March 1, 2017

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