John D. West


As the founder and director of the Center for Endodontics, Dr. West continues to be recognized as one of the premier educators in clinical and interdisciplinary endodontics. He received his D.D.S. from the University of Washington in 1971, where he is currently an affiliate associate professor. He then received his M.S.D. in endodontics at the Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine in 1975, where he is a clinical instructor and has been awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Dr. West has presented continuing education in North America, South America, Europe and Asia, while maintaining a private practice in Tacoma, Wash. He co-authored Obturation of the Radicular Space with Dr. John I. Ingle in the 1994 and 2002 editions of Ingle’s Endodontics, and was senior author of Cleaning and Shaping the Root Canal System in the 1994 and 1998 editions of Pathways of the Pulp. He has authored Endodontic Predictability in Dr. Michael Cohen’s 2008 Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning: Principles, Design, Implementation, and Michael Cohen’s 2010 Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning Volume II: Comprehensive Case Studies and is lead author of Esthetic Management of Endodontically Treated Teeth in Dr. Ronald Goldstein’s 2015 third edition of Esthetics in Dentistry.

Dr. West’s memberships include: 2008 president of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry; the Northwest Network for Dental Excellence; and the International College of Dentists. He is a 2007 consultant for the American Dental Association’s Council on Dental Practice, and he is the scientific endodontic editor for Boston University’s Communiqué, where he is also a member of the school’s Board of Visitors.

Dr. West’s memberships include: 2009 president and fellow of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and 2010 president of the Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry, the Northwest Network for Dental Excellence, and the International College of Dentists. He is a 2010 consultant for the ADA’s prestigious ADA Board of Trustees and is a consultant to the ADA Council on Dental Practice. Dr. West further serves on the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine’s Boston University Alumni Board. He is a Thought Leader for Carestream Digital Dental Systems and serves on the editorial advisory boards for: The Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry, Practical Procedures and Aesthetic Dentistry, The Journal of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry and he is an associate editor for Endodontic Practice/US.

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Articles and White Papers by Dr. West

Converting from ProTaper Universal to ProTaper Gold: “Why, how, and is it for me?”
NiTi Goes Gold: Ten Clinical Distinctions of ProTaper Gold
Growing Your Practice Through Endodontics

Disclosure: This clinician has received compensation from Dentsply Sirona as a speaker or consultant.