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AAE hosts access event

San Antonio—The American Association of Endodontists drew more than 100 volunteers and provided more than $80,000 worth of free endodontic treatment during its Access to Care Project April 16 at the San Antonio Christian Dental Clinic.

The event, which treated 56 underserved patients, was held in conjunction with AAE’s annual session. Volunteers included 38 endodontists and residents from the Dental School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston and the Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry.

“Raising awareness of the importance of oral health care and improving access to that care are priorities of the entire dental community and the AAE is honored to help support the work of the SACDC,” said Dr. Clara M. Spatafore, AAE immediate past president. “The patients we treated may have had extractions if we weren’t able to help, but the AAE’s Access to Care Project will help them keep their natural teeth for a lifetime.”

Said David Phipps, executive director of the SACDC, which hosted the event, “To do this many root canals in one day is phenomenal and it means so much to us.”

Henry Schein Dental and Henry Schein Cares donated support and equipment for the event.

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Image: Dr. Clinio Cerrud, Dr. Jack Myers and Dr. Shiwei Cai consult with patient Haqqi Shmarn

Hands on: From left, Dr. Clinio Cerrud, an endodontic resident at the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston; Dr. Jack Myers, a San Antonio endodontist and organizer of the AAE Access to Care project; and Dr. Shiwei Cai, assistant professor of endodontics at UTSD, consult with patient Haqqi Shmarn before a free root canal treatment on April 16.