Archeologic sites are often damaged by weather and disruptions caused by subsequent populations, leaving small bone fragments to tell the story of their inhabitants. Skeletal remains at Jamestown are being scanned by Martin D. Levin, DMD, and Barry Pass, DDS, PhD, at the Jamestown Rediscovery lab with a Carestream Dental CS 3600 unit. The resulting scan files may lead to computer-aided reconstruction of the specimens in association with D. Joshua Cohen, MD, and his team at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University.
“This technology may provide an opportunity to image skeletal remains at archeological sites where small bone fragments are excavated,” Dr. Levin said.
The Society for Historical Archaeology has invited Martin D. Levin, DMD and D. Joshua Cohen, MD to present a lecture at their annual meeting, SHA 2017 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology to be held on January 4-8, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. The title of the presentation is “A Detailed Analysis of the Dentition of Jamestown’s First Settlers.”
The lecture will highlight the work of archaeologists and an interdisciplinary team of researchers who are studying the skull and dentition of a 15-year-old boy (JR1225B) who appears to have been the victim of a battle with Native Americans during the initial settlement at Jamestown in 1607. Specimens recovered from the boy’s teeth and jaws yield clues about diet and other aspects of daily life in the 17th century.
Detailed study of the remains began with the morphological and temporal study of the skull and teeth using cone-beam computed tomography, intraoral radiography, micro computed, scanning electron microscopy, and Raman spectroscopy. The exposed root canal of the mandibular left central incisor and carious lesion provides a unique repository of particulate matter in the oral cavity and the associated intra-alveolar periapical lesion.
This research shows how advanced technologies can be used to characterize aspects of life and the disease state of skeletal remains.
The American Association of Endodontists (AAE) has asked Dr. Levin to join a newly formed Special Committee to Develop an Outcomes Consensus Conference. The work of the committee will be announced in upcoming communications from the association.
Dr. Levin, Adjunct Professor of Endodontics at the University of Pennsylvania, will present a keynote lecture and pre-congress workshop at the International Federation of Endodontic Associations in Cape Town, SA, 10th World Endodontic Congress.
His pre-congress workshop will highlight limited field of view CBCT in Endodontics. “In endodontics, the region of interest is generally small and pre-determined, favoring the selection of limited field of view (FOV) CBCT scans with lower x- radiation exposure, smaller volumes to be interpreted and increased resolution. All radiographs require careful and complete analysis because they may contain findings that affect the health of the patient. This hands-on program will present a systematic method for navigating and documenting high resolution, limited FOV scans using multiple clinical cases.”
Dr. Levin has been invited to lecture at the Oregon Dental Conference to be held in Portland, WA on April 7-9, 2016. Dr. Levin will address the conference on the use of CBCT in Endodontics and will base his program on the current literature. Central to his lecture are the limitations of intraoral radiography: compression of 3D structures, geometric distortion, magnification and the misrepresentation of structures. CBCT allows for the 3D assessment of odontogenic and non-odontogenic lesions, root canal morphology, revision treatment, root and alveolar fractures, resorptive lesions, anatomy prior to surgery and outcomes.
Dr. Levin has been recognized as a “Recommended Speaker” for the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) on Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT). The AAE Recommended Speakers List ensures that dentists are exposed to evidence-based endodontic education endorsed by the AAE. The List serves as a resource for dental organizations and schools in programming their national or local continuing education meetings.
The Seattle Study Club also lists Dr. Levin as a recommended speaker for their component study clubs on the use of CBCT in Endodontics.
Dr. Levin presented a “To the Point” lecture at the American Association of Endodontists 2015 Annual Session in Seattle titled “CBCT: A Short Guide to Flatten the Learning Curve.” In this lecture, Dr. Levin discussed the importance of diagnostic radiographs and image-guided treatment in endodontics (root canal therapy). High-resolution CBCT scans now allow three-dimensional assessment of odontogenic and non-odontogenic lesions, root canal morphology, revision treatment, root canal alveolar fractures, resorptive lesions and anatomy prior to surgery. Dr. Levin explained the advantages of CBCT imaging in light of recent research and highlighted the important patient benefits of this technology.
Additionally, on May 8, 2015, Dr. Levin presented “Using a New Biocompatible Polymeric Obturation Material that Expands on Water Sorption: How to Precisely Seal Round and Oval Shaped Canals in Three Dimensions without Compaction.”
Dr. Martin D. Levin is in private practice in Chevy Chase, Maryland and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Endodontics at the University of Pennsylvania. At the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Levin is currently Chair of the Dean’s Council. He speaks nationally and internationally on advanced imaging technologies such as cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) and clinical techniques.
In 2010, he served as Co-Chair of the Joint Special Committee on Cone Beam Computed Tomography of the American Association of Endodontists and the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. He is a contributor to numerous textbooks and peer-reviewed research publications.
Dr. Levin earned his degree in dental medicine from the University of Pennsylvania in 1972, with honors. After completing his post-doctoral residency in endodontics at the University of Pennsylvania, he became a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, and a member of the College of Diplomates. For more information on Dr. Martin D. Levin or Bethesda-Chevy Chase Root Canal Specialists, visit www.endocc.com.
Dr. Levin has completed his third term as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Journal of Endodontics. In this capacity, he has joined other panelists to review scientific manuscripts for the journal and provided guidance and approvals for articles submitted for publication. The Journal of Endodontics is edited by Dr. Ken Hargreaves, and is ranked 6th in worldwide dental journal impact ratings (SCImago).
Dr. Levin addressed the Canadian Academy of Endodontics annual meeting in Banff, Canada, on August 28, 2015. He presented a lecture on the CPoint, a new polymeric hydrogel that expands on water sorption to obturate the root canal without compaction.