Arizona Academy of Endodontics
Dr. Mia Asrari co-founded the Arizona Academy of Endodontics (AzAE) as a non-profit organization to give back to her Arizona community. AzAE is dedicated to the advancement of endodontics in Arizona by arranging discounted or complimentary endodontic care to those in need, providing continuing education courses to dentists and dental hygienists, awarding research grants to further the advancement of endodontic research, and awarding scholarships to select students who wish to pursue a career in endodontics.
AzAE works with other non-profit organizations in the East Valley to identify those in need of endodontic care, but due to their circumstances cannot afford treatment. We believe saving one’s natural teeth, if possible, is always the best option. To help preserve smiles, our members, endodontists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants alike, participate in events such as HopefestPHX and Arizona Mission of Mercy.
AzAE is an ADA CERP recognized provider so courses are accepted by all U.S. licensing jurisdictions with CE requirements for license renewal. AzAE has been evaluated in 14 aspects of CE program quality by the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition and we are held accountable for maintaining high standards through periodic reevaluation. This oversight means the CE provided by AzAE to Arizona Dentists and Dental Hygienists will not only be of the highest quality, but it will also be accepted for licensure renewal in Arizona.
The proceeds from our CE courses help fund the philanthropic activities of the organization. Current courses include:
- Detection and Treatment of Tooth Fractures
- Saving Teeth with Endodontic Surgery
- Rescuing Resorbed Teeth: Tools for Successful Diagnosis and Treatment
- MTA and Other Hydraulic Cements
Please contact us at [email protected] for more information on courses offered, how to register, or to become a member of the Arizona Academy of Endodontics.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.
AzAE awards research grants to further the advancement of endodontic research in Arizona.
Featured AzAE Research Scholar: Max Staheli
Max is a pre-dental student attending Utah State University and aspires to become an Endodontist.
Max conducted a retrospective study that investigated the effectiveness of different techniques for identifying missed second mesio-buccal (MB2) canals in maxillary first molars, a significant cause of endodontic failure. The study compared cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) and traditional radiography techniques for identifying these canals in tooth #3. The results indicated that CBCT was significantly more effective in identifying MB2 canals than traditional radiography techniques alone. Specifically, the MB2 canal was identified in 66% of the cases when reviewing CBCT images, compared to only 34% using traditional radiography techniques alone. However, the study also found that when traditional radiography techniques were accompanied by Conscious Searching – a deliberate and intentional search for an MB2 canal – the identification rate increased to 58%. Therefore, the study suggests that practitioners without access to CBCT scanners can increase their identification rate of MB2 canals by employing Conscious Searching.
AzAE awards scholarships to students who wish to pursue a career in endodontics.