New Jersey Academy of Pediatric Dentistry


NJAPD In Person Halloween Meeting, Monday October 31, 2022

Monday 10/31/22
 DR. Yasmi Crystal, Dr. Vineet Dhar, Dr. Asgeir Sigurdsson
 Vital and non-vital pulp therapy of primary teeth & Vital pulp therapy of permanent
             teeth and update on trauma guidelines.


Sheraton Edison
125 Raritan Center Parkway
Edison NJ

8-9 registration.
lecture 9-5pm
7 CE

“Vital and non-vital pulp therapy for primary teeth”
Speakers- Dr.Yasmi Crystal and Dr.Vineet Dhar

Pulp therapy for vital and non-vital primary teeth includes techniques that have been used for decades,
allowing clinicians to extend the life of a primary tooth. Success is determined by accurate diagnosis of pulp
vitality, and it may vary with the materials used as pulp therapy agents as well as the final restoration. Materials
used in the last century have presented advantages and disadvantages; but in the last two decades, the
introduction of new biocompatible materials has changed the stage, leading to better outcomes. In this
presentation we discuss vital and non-vital pulp therapy recommended techniques and materials, in light of
their reported cumulative success in systematic reviews and meta-analyses.



Upon completion, the participant will be able to understand the need and interpretation of clinical practice
Upon completion, the participant will be able to understand the evidence-based recommendations supporting
vital pulp therapies in primary teeth.
Upon completion, the participant will be able to understand the evidence-based recommendations supporting
non-vital pulp therapies in primary teeth including LSTR.



Dr.Yasmi Crystal

Dr. Yasmi Crystal has a DDS degree from Universidad Tecnologica de Mexico
(UNITEC), a DMD from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), Pediatric Dental
specialty training from Eastman Dental Center, University of Rochester and a MSc in Clinical and Translational
Research from CTSI, NYU School of Medicine. She is part of the medical staff of RWJ, Rutgers University
Hospital.Founder and senior specialist at Comprehensive Pediatric Dentistry in New Jersey and Clinical
Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at NYU College of Dentistry, she is a Diplomate and an Examiner for the
written and oral sections of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, member of the Editorial Board of
Pediatric Dentistry Journal and a spokesperson and past trustee of the AAPD, presently a member of the
Council on Scientific Affairs and consultant on special projects of Evidence Based Dentistry. She is
past President for the Pediatric Oral Health Research Group of the International Association of Dental
Research and Fellow of the American Society for Dental Esthetics,the American College of Dentists and the
International College of Dentists. Past member of the Board of Directors of the IAPD and past Chair of their
Scientific Committee. She has been continuously active with the ADA, serving as member and chair of
Prevention of CAPIR (council of access, prevention, and inter-professional relations), as speaker, steering
committee member of inter-professional projects like “Choosing Wisely” with the Institute of Medicine and other
prevention programs, and she is currently an expert consultant for the Scientific Council.She is also a member
of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Latin American Societyof Pediatric Dentistry (Revista ALOP) and a
manuscript reviewer for several major journals including Pediatric Dentistry, JADA, IJPD, BDJ, JOCPD and
many others. As leader in inter-professional relations, she has worked as Oral Health consultant, speaker and
preceptor for the AAP, NJAAP, and is a faculty member for the Family Practice MD program at Somerset

Medical Center, NJ, with her clinic being a rotation site for family practice MD residents. Dr. Crystal lectures to
varied health care audiences in the US and abroad, and has published her research on numerous articles in
peer reviewed scientific journals on topicsof Caries Management, including Pulp Therapy, Risk Assessment
and Minimal Intervention Approaches including SDF therapy.


Vineet Dhar, BDS, MDS, PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric
Dentistry, University Of Maryland School of Dentistry, Baltimore, Maryland. Professor Dhar is a board-certified
pediatric dentist serving as professor and department chair of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry and
graduate program director of Pediatric Dentistry at University of Maryland School of Dentistry, Baltimore. He
serves on the Councils on Scientific Affairs and Post-doctoral Education at the American Academy of Pediatric
Dentistry (AAPD) and on the Council of Scientific Affairs, American Dental Association (ADA). He currently
serves on the ADA guideline panels on restorative care, caries prevention, and has in the past served on the
pit and fissure sealants panel. He is also on the AAPD guideline panels on vital pulp therapies in primary and
immature permanent teeth, and behavior guidance and has in the past served on the AAPD panel to produce
clinical practice guidelines on non-vital pulp and vital pulp therapies in primary teeth. Dr. Dhar is the recipient of

2018 ADA Evidence Based Dentistry Mid-Career Faculty Award, and 2017 AAPD’s Jerome B. Miller/Crest-
Oral-B/For the Kids Award. He is also the co-recipient of the 2016 Paul P. Taylor award for his systematic

review evaluating effectiveness of current therapies for ECC.


“Vital pulp therapy of permanent teeth and update on the trauma guidelines”
Speaker- Dr. Asgeir Sigurdsson

In recent years our understanding on healing potential of a vital pulp in permanent teeth has significantly
increased. Subsequently several studies have been published with encouraging results after vital pulp therapy
in teeth with near or frank exposures of the pulp. In this lecture the concept of vital pulp therapy, will be
presented and the literature for indications and contra indications reviewed. Most common techniques and
materials for both direct and indirect capping will be presented and discussed and the recent American
Association of Endodontist’s Position Statement of Vital Pulp Therapy presented. In the second part of the
presentation the current Dental Trauma Guidelines of the International Association of Dental Traumatology as
well as soon to be published AAE’s guidelines will be presented and reviewed. The presentation will be
supported with actual cases and relevant discussion.



At conclusion, the participants should know about current trends in vital pulp therapy, indications and
contraindications of direct and indirect vital pulp capping. At conclusion, the participants should know
about the most common dental injuries and recommended emergency treatment of those.
At the conclusion the participants should have an understanding why follow-up after dental trauma is important
and what to look for at those appointments.



Asgeir Sigurdsson, D.D.S., M.S.

Born and raised in Reykjavik, Iceland. Received his DDS
from University of Iceland. Graduated from University of North Carolina (UNC), with certificate in
endodontics and Master of Science with emphasis on neurobiology and pain. Full time faculty at UNC
from 1992 until 2004, served as the Graduate Program Director of Endodontics 1997 to 2004. From
2004 to 2012 he was in a private endodontic practice in Reykjavik, Iceland and London, UK. In 2012
he became the Chairman of the Department of Endodontics, NYU College of Dentistry and is a
tenured Professor there. Additionally, he is an adjunct Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill. In February
2019 he was appointed as the interim Chairman of Department of Periodontology and Implants and
served in that capacity through August 2021.Dr. Sigurdsson is a past President of the International
Association for Dental Traumatology and in 2014 he was appointed by AAE as a Director of the
American Board of Endodontics, he served as the President of the Board 2019-2020. He serves on
the editorial board of Dental Traumatologia, and has served as associate editor of ACTA
Odontologica Scandinavica as well as having served on the editorial boards of International
Endodontic Journal and OOOOE. He is currently the chair of the AAE’s committee on revision of the
AAE’s Dental Trauma Guidelines. Dr. Sigurdsson has been invited well over 200 times to lecture in
47 countries all over the World, on the topics of pain, endodontics, dental trauma, and/or forensic
sciences. He has written or co-written 87 peer-reviewed articles and 24 textbook chapters on the same