May 7, 2019 | 24th BaSS Congress | INVITED LECTURERS


PhD Gianluca Plotino

Gianluca Plotino was born in 1978 in Rome, Italy. He graduated in dentistry from the Catholic
University of Sacred Heart of Rome in 2002. He received the “Alfred Bean Memorial” prize from
the Chicago Dental Society for the best Italian research graduate thesis 2001-2003, the “Hans Genet
Award” from the European Society of Endodontology for the best European Researcher in 2013 and
several other research prizes. He became Assistant Professor of Endodontics in the School of
Dentistry at the Catholic University of Rome spending his time teaching, giving lectures and
partecipating in the faculty practice. Dr. Plotino was Professor of Endodontics in the School of
Dental Hygiene from 2005 to 2008 at the Catholic University of Rome where he obtained his PhD
in 2009.
From 2009 he is working in the Department of Endodontics at the “La Sapienza” – University of
Rome as Senior Lecturer and Professor of Scientific English in the School of Dental Hygiene until
In 2017 he received the certification to be Professor of II level and in 2018 to be Professor of I level
in. Gianluca Plotino is a certified member of the European Society of Endodontology (ESE),
International Member of the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), active member of the
Italian Society of Conservative Dentistry (SIDOC) and the Italian Academy of Endodontics (AIE).
Dr. Plotino published more that 90 articles in scientific peer-reviewed journals on different
endodontic and restorative topics and contributed with numerous chapters in textbooks. He is
Associate Editor of the European Endodontic Journal and the Italian Journal of Endodontics and
part of the Editorial Board of several other journals. Dr. Plotino has given several lectures, courses
and hands-on courses worldwide and he also works in his own private practice limited to
endodontics and restorative dentistry in Rome, Italy.

Abstract Synopsis


PhD Gianluca Plotino


Endodontic specialists usually treat complex cases consisting in challenging difficult teeth along
with challenging patient management, which need advanced materials and techniques. Given the
skills, time, equipment and the technical and anatomical knowledge, endodontic specialists are
expected to solve these cases doing all efforts possible to make teeth again available for their
functional oral status, having a long term prognosis.
Through the use of the three-dimensional diagnostic tools, microscope, ultrasonics, repair materials
and all the technical advancements available today, the outcome of these “hopeless” cases has
drastically increased in last decade. This lecture aims to present an explicative case series
representative of several complex clinical situations solved using the ideal approach and to describe
techniques and clinical tips to treat such cases. Topics will include re-treatment; removal of
crowns/bridges, fiber and metal posts, separated instruments, soft and carrier-based filling
materials; MTA; management of open apices, resorption and perforations; locating, shaping,
cleaning and filling of difficult or missed canal anatomy, such as calcified, ledged, blocked and
severely curved canals; advanced irrigation techniques to better clean complex canal anatomy;
endodontic surgery; trauma and fractures; minimal invasive endodontic treatment and restoration.
Microscope-assisted dentistry and advanced diagnostic techniques, such as CBCT, will be analysed
and discussed for both orthograde and surgical cases. The importance of the use of magnification
including loupes, special lights and microscope to solve these complex situations will be underlined
and their proper use even by general practitioners who want to avoid iatrogenic errors and improve
their practice will be described.