Poster Presentation

Poster Presentation

PR50 - Use of the Microscope in Endodontics: A Questionnaire-Based Study

Thursday, April 26
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Room: Exhibit Hall

The purpose of this study was to determine the frequency of the operating microscope (OM) use among endodontists, and compare current utilization to historical trends. Secondarily, we sought to determine if the incorporation of image capture technology (ICT) to the OM has changed the daily practice of endodontics and what effect market size may have on their utilization. A web-based survey regarding the OM, with 10 total questions, was sent to 4,042 active members of the American Association of Endodontics (AAE). Data collected from 1,103 participants, a response rate of 27.3%, indicated that 96.2% of all endodontists have access to and use the OM in their practice and 73.8% reported no limitations to use. Among those who use the OM, 61.1% reported using ICT. The greatest limitation to ICT was increased time requirements. Via a chi-squared test and binary logistic regression, our results indicate that market size has no effect on the use of the OM or ICT (P=0.21). The most common reason for ICT was documentation, with 67.9% participants reporting that they use captured images for this purpose. The majority of respondents, 61.6%, indicated that they agreed with the statement “the ability of others to see what I see with the microscope has greatly improved my endodontic practice.” In conclusion, we found that the use of the OM by endodontists has increased to 96.2%, representing a 62.0% reduction in non-users since 2007, and that image capture technology has improved the ability of others to appreciate the intricacies of endodontics.

Andrew RUSSEL.. Steidley

Endodontic Resident
US Army Dental Activity, Ft Bragg

Dr. Andrew Steidley is originally from Washington state. He graduated from the University of Portland in 2009 with a B.S. and from Nova Southeastern University in 2013 with his D.M.D. degree. He was immediately commissioned into the Army Dental Corps as a Captain. His first duty station was Ft. Drum, where he deployed to Kosovo for a period of 5 months. Currently, he is a 2nd yr endodontic resident at Ft. Bragg, NC.

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Daniel D. Kersten

Program Director
US Army Dental Activity, Ft Bragg

Dr. Dan Kersten is the Program Director of the Endodontic Residency Program at Fort Bragg, NC. He is also an Associate Professor for the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Kersten's previous teaching positions include Assistant Program Director of the Endodontic Residency Program at Fort Bragg, NC, and the Endodontic Mentor for the AEGD Program at Fort Campbell, KY. Dr. Kersten is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics and received his Certificate of Endodontics from the Endodontic Residency Program at Fort Bragg, NC. Dr. Kersten is a 2003 graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

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Steven Delgado

Assistant Director at Ft. Bragg Endodontic Residency
US Army Dental Activity, Ft Bragg

Dr. Steven Delgado is the Assistant Program Director of the Endodontic Residence Program at Fort Bragg, NC. He is also an Assistant Professor for the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Delgado's previous teaching positions include the Endodontic Mentor for the 2 year AEGD Program at Fort Hood, TX and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Maryland at Baltimore. He received his DDS (2003) and Certificate of Endodontics (2005) from the University of Maryland at Baltimore.

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Pete Mines

Program Director (Ret)
US Army Dental Activity, Ft Bragg

COL (Ret) Pete Mines spent 13 years as a mentor at the Endodontic Residency Program at Fort Bragg, NC. Dr. Mines served for 10 years as the Program Director. He is a Board-Certified Endodontist and received his Certificate in Endodontics from the Endodontic Residency Program at Fort Gordon, GA. He is a DDS graduate of the Medical College of Virginia.

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Thomas A. Beltran

Statistician
Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, NC

Mr. Thomas Beltran has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He spent eight years as a research psychologist for the Air Force and is currently a Statistician for the Department of Clinical Investigations at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, NC.

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