Simplifying Endodontics for Greater Predictability and Ease of Treatment - L0784


About Course #L0784

Release Date: September 21, 2016

Expiration Date: December 31, 2019

Advances in the endodontic arena have elevated the quality of endodontic treatment that can be provided and have improved the long-term prognosis for the teeth treated. Rotary instrumentation, when introduced in the 1990s, enabled the standardization of canal preparations. Newly developed reciprocating files have improved upon traditional rotary files with respect to increased cyclic fatigue resistance and reduction in fracture. More recently, adhesive dentistry has moved into the endodontic realm with obturation materials that resist leakage. Bioceramic materials show promise in improving root canal sealing and reducing bacterial microleakage. Primary root canal therapy can expect a success rate of between 75.6% and 92.5%, depending on the preoperative status of the pulp. The desire for 100% successful endodontics has led to the development of new materials and methods. Each product is designed to help reduce treatment complications and improve outcomes.

This basic-level course discusses the importance of proper isolation and appropriate pre-access buildups. Proper access for endodontic treatment is also explained. The course describes effective strategies for cleaning and shaping the root canal system, followed by an outlining of the principles of obturation. The importance of the coronal restoration and access sealing for successful endodontic treatment is explained. Finally, the course brings all of these elements together in a case scenario, which, though it cannot cover all contingencies, can help the general dentist, as well as dental hygienists and dental assistants, to understand the basics of root canal therapy and the strategies involved in improving endodontic outcomes.

AGD Subject Code: 070

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the importance of proper isolation and appropriate pre-access buildups.
  • Explain proper access for endodontic treatment.
  • Discuss effective strategies for cleaning and shaping the root canal system.
  • Summarize the principles of obturation.
  • Explain the importance of the coronal restoration and access sealing.

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

About the Author(s)

Brian C. Warner, DMD, received his bachelor of science degree with honors from the University of Michigan. He later graduated magna cum laude and received his doctorate of dental medicine from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Warner later returned to school to earn his specialty certificate in endodontics from New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry. He is an active member of the American Association of Endodontics, the American Dental Association, the New York State Dental Association, and the New York County Dental Society. Dr. Warner is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.