Dr. Syngcuk Kim is the Louis I. Grossman Professor of the Department of Endodontics at the School of Dental Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. He is also Associate Dean for Global Affairs and Associate Dean for Advanced Dental Education for the School of Dental Medicine. He earned his undergraduate and his dental degrees from Columbia University in New York. Dr. Kim also earned his Ph.D. in circulatory physiology at the Medical School of Columbia University, Department of Physiology. Dr. Kim is well known and respected for his research in dental pulp physiology
and microcirculation and the AAE has awarded him the Louis I. Grossman Award for outstanding research.

Upon joining the Dental School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1992 as Chairman of the Department of Endodontics, Dr. Kim not only brought the department into the “New Age” of the Microscope, but also established the Microscope Training Center at the school. This Center is the first university- based microscope-training program in the world that teaches microendodontics and microsurgery. Since its inception, leaders in endodontic education and clinical practitioners from the USA, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia have been trained at the Center.

In 2010 Dr. Kim was appointed by the Dean to the role of Associate Dean of Global Affairs at the School of Dental Medicine. Serving in this capacity, Dr. Kim travels extensively creating relationships with Dental Schools throughout Europe and Asia, South America, etc. with the goal of promoting academic and scholarly exchange between the teaching institutions.
Extensive speaking engagements take Dr. Kim to universities, conferences, study clubs and professional associations in the U.S. and abroad. In addition to over a hundred articles in peer reviewed journals Dr. Kim is the primary author of the book titled “Color Atlas of Microsurgery in Endodontics”.

 

Lectures:

With Dr. Samuel Kratchman: Endodontic Micro-Surgery A to Z and intentional replantation
Performing apical surgery has become much more predictable due to the new technology in endodontics, involving the operating microscope, microsurgical instruments, the CBCT, as well as the latest generation of Bioceramic root end filling materials. The lecture will cover all the major aspects of endodontic surgery, from case selection to armamentarium and show each step for performing successful apical surgery. We will show hemostatic agents and Bioceramics, which are the new generation of bio-compatible root end filling materials, as well as discussing important clinical tips like patient/microscope positioning and access to difficult areas, such as palatal surgery and surgery involving the sinuses. We will also discuss safe management of the mental nerve. Many clinical cases will be shown, utilizing these techniques, as well as a series of cases using various bone grafting and guided tissue membrane materials. Success rates/prognosis with current surgical techniques will be discussed, as well as the endodontic surgery versus implant dilemma.

 

Endodontics vs implant

 

Clinical Dilemma: Saving Teeth or Extract and Implant

Modern clinical practice requires dentists to be familiar with new developments in materials, instruments and procedures to assist their patient in electing the most beneficial long-term treatment option in terms of esthetics and function. A fundamental clinical dilemma facing clinicians today is “save the teeth with endodontic treatment or extract them and replace with implants”. Making a decision is not easy as both options come with their biases, from implant or endodontics point of view. Regardless there must be a common agreement amongst dentists what the evidence states. In this context many dentists are not aware of tremendous advancement in Endodontics and misinformation about prognosis of Implants in the past decades. In this presentation evidence-based evaluation of what to save and what to extract and replace with implants will be discussed. It is of utmost importance for clinicians to be educated about pros- and cons- of both procedures so that they can guide their patients in choosing the best treatment option. This is the ultimate responsibility of being a dental practitioner.

 

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