Founded in 1943, the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) is a not-for-profit organization based in Chicago Illinois. The Association supports endodontists along with other professionals who have an interest in the field and represents over 7, 500 members worldwide. With Endodontics as one of nine dental specialties formally recognized by the American Dental Association, the AAE promotes the pursuit of education, research and leadership in the professional advancement of endodontics both in America and around the world.
Endodontics is a highly specialized area of dentistry that treats the inside of the tooth or pulp and the tissue around the tooth. Root canal therapy and apicoectomy are the most common forms of treatment by an Endodontist and requires dentists to undertake an additional two years of specialty education in root canal treatment.
With new advancements constantly occurring in this specialized area, the AAE is the primary source of education and information for its members, the dental profession as a whole, as well as the general public. The AAE offers a platform for endodontists and dental professionals from around the world to access the latest research and treatment techniques, in order to offer patients the very best in endodontic treatment.
As well as the ongoing education, research and resource support for its members, the American Association of Endodontists sponsors the American Board of Endodontics (ABE), which is the only certifying board responsible for the certification of Endodontists in the United States of America.
Founded in 1956, the ABE’s main goals are to advance the specialty practice of endodontics, enhance oral health care, maintain high standards of excellence, determine competency amongst applicants, certify and publically recognize those who have met the standards of the board and provide the public with a directory of certified endodontists in good standing with the board. Endodontists who attain ABE certification are known as Diplomates of the ABE.
In keeping with the continued support for education and research within the speciality practice of endodontics, the AAE partners with the AAE Foundation. The Foundation is a charitable organisation that promotes the advance in the science of endodontics, providing grants for education and research in the field. Students and researchers can apply for research grants, which are awarded by the foundation twice a year. The Educator Fellowship Award is a program supported by the AAE and pays for tuition as well as a stipend for those students who agree to teach endodontics on a full-time basis for a period of five years.
Published monthly, the Journal of Endodontics (JOE) is the official journal of the AAE. Established in 1975, the JOE publishes a range of scientific articles, case reports and comparison studies that evaluate materials and systems of pulp conservation and endodontic treatment.
The resource provides Endodontists and general dentists with new concepts and the latest advances in root canal treatment helping them keep pace with the rapid changes in this field. There is an IPad® App, Podcasts, JOE Alerts, Topic Collections, Endodontic Study Guide and JOE RSS Feeds providing members with all the latest news and information at a touch.