Dr. Meetu Ralli Kohli is the Director for Continuing Education and International Visiting Scholar Program at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine, Endodontic department. Dr. Kohli earned her B.D.S. degree from Government Dental College, Bangalore, India. She pursued her D.M.D. degree as well as specialty training in Endodontics at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. During the course of her training she received the esteemed Louis I Grossman award, the Samuel R. Rossman scholarship and the Sherrill Ann Siegel award & scholarship for demonstrating excellence in patient care, clinical skills and research. She is on the Scientific Advisory Board as a reviewer for Journal of Endodontics, International Endodontic Journal and Quintessence International. Dr. Kohli has published in national and international peer reviewed journals and has contributed in books on microsurgical retreatment. Her publication has received and has been recognized as the best clinical research paper by JOE. She is the recommend speaker by the AAE for Microsurgery and Prognosis. She has served on the AAE’s Constitution and
Bylaws committee and is currently serves in the Research and Scientific Affairs Committee. She is a Diplomate of the American Board or Endodontics. She is an examiner for the Indian Board of Endodontics. Dr. Kohli also maintains a part-time private practice limited to Endodontics in Pennsylvania, USA.
Bioceramic application in Endodontics
The advent of MTA two decades ago brought about a significant change in the clinical practice of endodontics. A material that suited our work-space and the periradicular tissue, perfectly. It has been extensively investigated in in-vitro, animal and clinical studies. It has been used from coronal most application in the tooth, as a pulp cap material to the apical end as a root-end filling material. With due diligence in the literature, the material has our academic and investigative endorsement. However there are limitations to use of MTA e.g., inability to use for routine obturation, it’s handling properties and tendency to cause discoloration. Material scientists in the recent years introduced several new and improved versions of Bioceramics to the field. The lecture is an overview of the current research in the literature on Bioceramics. Clinical cases will be presented demonstrating application, advantages and disadvantages in various aspects of endodontics. At the end of the presentation the participants will be able to: Understand the concept of bioactivity especially as an obturation material and Be aware of key literature on bioceramics pertaining to use in endodontics
Vital pulp therapy
The endodontic treatment spectrum is wider than just routine root canal therapy. The treatment of choice for a case is decided upon after a thorough diagnosis and dental history evaluation. Vital pulp therapy should be the first consideration when a treatment modality for a carious lesion is being considered based on pulpal diagnosis. The best filling for root canal space is the pulp. With the advent of newer materials, such as bioceramics, their biocompatibility and sealing ability makes these procedures more predictable and successful if the case selection is accurate. At the end of the session the participant will be able to: Understand the indications and contraindications of the procedure, Know the clinical steps of treatment and evaluate how the advances in material science and technology have affected the prognosis and have an evidence-based knowledge of outcome of each of the procedure.