Inspiring Dental Excellence

Art of Endodontics Online Study Club

Monthly sessions from 6-9 PM on Thursday evenings.  Pre-session curricula will be emailed 1-2 weeks before each session.  Attendees must submit one RCT case 1-2 days prior to each session for group clinical seminar.  A short quiz will be given at the end of each session worth 3 CE credits.

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Session 1: January 30
Session 2: February 27
Session 3: March 26
Session 4: April 23
Session 5: May 21
Session 6: June 25
Session 7: July 30
Session 8: August 27
Session 9: September 23
Session 10: October 29
Session 11: November 19
Session 12: December 17

Session 1: January 30 (Thurs.) - 6-9 PM

ANATOMY:

  • The anatomic imperative of endodontic treatment
  • Pulp and root formation
  • Pulp structure and physiology
  • Pulp degeneration and periradicular disease

IMAGING:

  • 2D radiography
  • 3D radiography
  • Mental imaging
  • Clinical case review

Session 2: February 27 (Thurs.) - 6-9 PM

DIAGNOSIS:

  • The endodontic model of diagnosis
  • Thermal pulp testing
  • Non-endodontic etiologies for endodontic-like pain

TREATMENT PLANNING:

  • Planning the cracked tooth
  • Endo vs implant
  • Single vs multiple visit RCT
  • Conventional vs surgical retreatment
  • When to refer
  • Informed consent
  • Ergonomics
  • Clinical case review

Session 3: March 26 (Thurs.) - 6-9 PM

DEFINITIVE PAIN MANAGEMENT:

  • Endodontic pain resolution
  • Selection of anesthetic solutions
  • Placement of anesthetic solutions
  • Reinforcement of anesthesia during single-visit procedures
  • Myofascial pain resolution

ISOLATION TOOLS AND PROCEDURES:

  • Rubber dam and clamp selection
  • Using the hinged rubber dam frame
  • Rubber dam sealant
  • Slit-dam review
  • Clinical case review

Session 4: April 23 (Thurs.) - 6-9 PM

ACCESS DESIGN AND EXECUTION:

  • Ideal file paths and maximal conservation of tooth structure
  • Access landmarks in anterior teeth
  • Access landmarks in premolar teeth
  • Access landmarks in molar teeth
  • Avoiding access mistakes
  • Finding MB2 canals in upper molars
  • Finding calcified canals
  • Dynamic guidance
  • Clinical case review

Session 5: May 21 (Thurs.) - 6-9 PM

FUNCTIONAL CHARACTERISTICS OF FILE GEOMETRY:

  • Flute angles
  • Maximum flute diameter limitations
  • Heat treatment
  • Choosing files by functional characteristics

NEGOTIATING ROOT CANALS:

  • Choosing negotiating file types and sizes
  • The benefit of lubricants during initial negotiation of root canals
  • Tactile feedback and mental imaging during negotiation
  • Apical patency procedures
  • Using apex locators during negotiation procedures
  • Safe hand file negotiating motions
  • Rotary file negotiation while avoiding ledging and breakage
  • When and how to pre-bend negotiating files
  • Negotiating around impediments
  • Clinical case review

Session 6: June 25 (Thurs.) - 6-9 PM

GAUGING APICAL DIAMETERS AND CUTTING FINAL SHAPE:

  • The conceptual basis for tapered preparation objectives
  • Using NiTi K-files as gauging instruments
  • Choosing the final apical shaping objective for a given canal
  • Choosing tapers for different sizes of canals
  • The advantage of limiting coronal enlargement
  • Apical resistance form requirements for anatomic variations
  • Cutting shape around difficult curvatures
  • Cutting shape around impediments
  • Clinical case review

Session 7: July 30 (Thurs.) - 6-9 PM

CLEANING ROOT CANAL SYSTEMS:

  • EDTA and NaOCl efficacy and procedural timing
  • Methods of enhancing NaOCl efficacy
    • Sonic activation
    • Ultrasonic activation
    • Negative pressure irrigation
    • Multisonic activation
    • Closed-system negative pressure irrigation
  • The final act of every shaping procedure
  • Clinical case review

Session 8: August 27 (Thurs.) - 6-9 PM

OBTURATING ROOT CANAL SYSTEMS:

  • Bio-ceramic vs traditional sealers
  • Single cone filling
  • Continuous wave of condensation filling
  • Full-length syringe filling
  • Carrier-based filling
  • Obturating around impediments
  • Clinical case review

Session 9: September 23 (Wed.) - 6-9 PM

POST-ENDODONTIC RESTORATION:

  • Cleaning the access cavity with air abrasion
  • Sealing the root canal system with glass ionomer
  • Restoring the access cavity with bonded composite
  • Choosing, preparing for, and cementing fiber-reinforced posts
  • Making access cavities and build-ups disappear
  • Clinical case review

Session 10: October 29 (Thurs.) - 6-9 PM

RETREATMENT:

  • Fast, conservative removal of composite build-ups
  • Mechanical and chemical removal of gutta percha
  • Removal of metal and plastic carriers
  • Removal of metal and composite posts
  • Radiography following removal
  • Treatment planning previously instrumented canals
  • Clinical case review

Session 11: November 19 (Thurs.) - 6-9 PM

BROKEN FILE REMOVAL:

  • Analysis of the broken file
  • File retrieval tools
  • Staging preparations
  • Ultrasonic troughing
  • Preparing and using file retrieval loops
  • Clinical case review

Session 12: December 17 (Thurs.) - 6-9 PM

End-Of-Year Christmas Party

  • Review of the year's cases

 

Session Dates

Session 1: January 30
Session 2: February 27
Session 3: March 26
Session 4: April 23
Session 5: May 21
Session 6: June 25
Session 7: July 30
Session 8: August 27
Session 9: September 23
Session 10: October 29
Session 11: November 19
Session 12: December 17

Learning Objectives

Session 1: January 30 (Thurs.) - 6-9 PM

ANATOMY:

  • The anatomic imperative of endodontic treatment
  • Pulp and root formation
  • Pulp structure and physiology
  • Pulp degeneration and periradicular disease

IMAGING:

  • 2D radiography
  • 3D radiography
  • Mental imaging
  • Clinical case review

Session 2: February 27 (Thurs.) - 6-9 PM

DIAGNOSIS:

  • The endodontic model of diagnosis
  • Thermal pulp testing
  • Non-endodontic etiologies for endodontic-like pain

TREATMENT PLANNING:

  • Planning the cracked tooth
  • Endo vs implant
  • Single vs multiple visit RCT
  • Conventional vs surgical retreatment
  • When to refer
  • Informed consent
  • Ergonomics
  • Clinical case review

Session 3: March 26 (Thurs.) - 6-9 PM

DEFINITIVE PAIN MANAGEMENT:

  • Endodontic pain resolution
  • Selection of anesthetic solutions
  • Placement of anesthetic solutions
  • Reinforcement of anesthesia during single-visit procedures
  • Myofascial pain resolution

ISOLATION TOOLS AND PROCEDURES:

  • Rubber dam and clamp selection
  • Using the hinged rubber dam frame
  • Rubber dam sealant
  • Slit-dam review
  • Clinical case review

Session 4: April 23 (Thurs.) - 6-9 PM

ACCESS DESIGN AND EXECUTION:

  • Ideal file paths and maximal conservation of tooth structure
  • Access landmarks in anterior teeth
  • Access landmarks in premolar teeth
  • Access landmarks in molar teeth
  • Avoiding access mistakes
  • Finding MB2 canals in upper molars
  • Finding calcified canals
  • Dynamic guidance
  • Clinical case review

Session 5: May 21 (Thurs.) - 6-9 PM

FUNCTIONAL CHARACTERISTICS OF FILE GEOMETRY:

  • Flute angles
  • Maximum flute diameter limitations
  • Heat treatment
  • Choosing files by functional characteristics

NEGOTIATING ROOT CANALS:

  • Choosing negotiating file types and sizes
  • The benefit of lubricants during initial negotiation of root canals
  • Tactile feedback and mental imaging during negotiation
  • Apical patency procedures
  • Using apex locators during negotiation procedures
  • Safe hand file negotiating motions
  • Rotary file negotiation while avoiding ledging and breakage
  • When and how to pre-bend negotiating files
  • Negotiating around impediments
  • Clinical case review

Session 6: June 25 (Thurs.) - 6-9 PM

GAUGING APICAL DIAMETERS AND CUTTING FINAL SHAPE:

  • The conceptual basis for tapered preparation objectives
  • Using NiTi K-files as gauging instruments
  • Choosing the final apical shaping objective for a given canal
  • Choosing tapers for different sizes of canals
  • The advantage of limiting coronal enlargement
  • Apical resistance form requirements for anatomic variations
  • Cutting shape around difficult curvatures
  • Cutting shape around impediments
  • Clinical case review

Session 7: July 30 (Thurs.) - 6-9 PM

CLEANING ROOT CANAL SYSTEMS:

  • EDTA and NaOCl efficacy and procedural timing
  • Methods of enhancing NaOCl efficacy
    • Sonic activation
    • Ultrasonic activation
    • Negative pressure irrigation
    • Multisonic activation
    • Closed-system negative pressure irrigation
  • The final act of every shaping procedure
  • Clinical case review

Session 8: August 27 (Thurs.) - 6-9 PM

OBTURATING ROOT CANAL SYSTEMS:

  • Bio-ceramic vs traditional sealers
  • Single cone filling
  • Continuous wave of condensation filling
  • Full-length syringe filling
  • Carrier-based filling
  • Obturating around impediments
  • Clinical case review

Session 9: September 23 (Wed.) - 6-9 PM

POST-ENDODONTIC RESTORATION:

  • Cleaning the access cavity with air abrasion
  • Sealing the root canal system with glass ionomer
  • Restoring the access cavity with bonded composite
  • Choosing, preparing for, and cementing fiber-reinforced posts
  • Making access cavities and build-ups disappear
  • Clinical case review

Session 10: October 29 (Thurs.) - 6-9 PM

RETREATMENT:

  • Fast, conservative removal of composite build-ups
  • Mechanical and chemical removal of gutta percha
  • Removal of metal and plastic carriers
  • Removal of metal and composite posts
  • Radiography following removal
  • Treatment planning previously instrumented canals
  • Clinical case review

Session 11: November 19 (Thurs.) - 6-9 PM

BROKEN FILE REMOVAL:

  • Analysis of the broken file
  • File retrieval tools
  • Staging preparations
  • Ultrasonic troughing
  • Preparing and using file retrieval loops
  • Clinical case review

Session 12: December 17 (Thurs.) - 6-9 PM

End-Of-Year Christmas Party

  • Review of the year's cases