Dr. Samuel Dorn




      Dr. Samuel Dorn is an endowed Professor and the Director of Graduate Endodontics at the University of Texas at Houston and the former department chair.  He taught at the University of Florida from 1992 until 1997 when he became the Director of Postgraduate Endodontics and Co-Chair at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale. Dr. Dorn was the President of the American Association of Endodontists in 2002-2003 and has previously served as a Director of the American Board of Endodontics and of the American Association of Endodontists and a Trustee of the AAE Foundation.  He is now serving as Immediate Past President of the International Federation of Endodontic Associations after serving as its president from 2014 to 2016.

      Dr. Dorn is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics and Fellow of the American College of Dentists, and was the President of the Florida Chapter from 2000 to 2002.  He is also a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, and Pierre Fauchard Academy.  Dr. Dorn has received numerous awards including the 2013 Coolidge Award for lifetime achievement, the highest award presented by the American Association of Endodontists. Dr. Dorn has lectured extensively throughout the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America. He has authored many articles and textbook chapters including the chapter on Emergency Treatment in the latest edition of Pathways of the Pulp.


 Endodontic Emergencies: The Toothache

Learning Objectives:

  • Quickly and accurately diagnose the source of a patient’s toothache.
  • Know how to provide emergency treatment to a patient in pain.
  • Understand a variety of anesthesia techniques that can be used in the emergency patient.
  • Understand the appropriate pharmacological tools available.

     Most dental emergencies are endodontic in nature.  When a patient is having a toothache, the dentist is called upon to quickly and efficiently relieve the pain.  This seminar will investigate the diagnostic procedures needed to quickly and accurately determine the source of most toothaches.  Conditions mimicking toothaches will also be discussed.  Using a simplified classification system, and based on questionnaires of endodontists over the past three decades, the speaker will describe which treatment modalities should be utilized to handle these emergencies.  The anesthetic management and pharmacological management of a patient with a severe toothache will also be discussed.