Furthering its goal to advance the best patient care, the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) has distilled its white papers on competency and treatment standards into executive summaries that provide key recommendations and directives to guide the insurance industry, state boards, and other communities of interest to support appropriate endodontic care.
“The Association is the premier voice of endodontists, their staff, and patients. As such, it’s the AAE’s responsibility to promote one quality standard of endodontic treatment,” said Keith V. Krell, DDS, MS, MA, AAE president.
“By condensing the existing white papers on endodontic competency and treatment standards, the Association is helping to promote standards of care and better patient outcomes among a broader audience of dental professionals, insurers, and regulatory bodies,” said Krell.
The AAE’s white papers are meant to ensure patients have the best root canal treatment and to assist general dentists in making optimal decisions. It is incumbent upon dentists who believe they cannot meet the standards laid out within these documents to refer to an endodontist or acquire the necessary skills, the AAE says.
“Endodontic Competency: Executive Summary” establishes standards for the requisite knowledge and skills required by all practitioners for competence in endodontic diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis.
“Treatment Standards: Executive Summary” assists educational institutions, organized dentistry, and other stakeholders in developing minimum educational requirements and practice standards for nonsurgical endodontic treatment.