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  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assisting
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): Brian C. Warner, DMD
Peer Reviewer(s): Raymond K. Martin, DDS, MAGD
Item#: L0784
Contents: 1 Course Book (36 pages)
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Simplifying Endodontics for Greater Predictability and Ease of Treatment

Price $19.95
Item # L0784
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Release Date: September 21, 2016

Expiration Date: September 20, 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
Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.


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.


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. At Tufts, Dr. Warner earned honors for high performance on the National Board Exams, merit scholarships for exceptional academic performance, and membership in the prestigious Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society. After 3 years working in general practice, Dr. Warner returned to school to earn his specialty certificate in endodontics from New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry. While at NYU, his peers selected him to serve as chief resident. 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.


Raymond K. Martin, DDS, MAGD, graduated in 1979 from Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and earned his DDS in 1983 from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He then went on to study at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in the General Practice Residency Program. Dr. Martin began his work in dental risk management after being awarded a Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry. He consults with 20 legal firms as an expert witness and lectures extensively on dental risk management and ethics in dentistry. In addition, Dr. Martin teaches CAD/CAM dentistry as a CEREC mentor and has served as a Key Opinion Leader for an international dental implant manufacturer. Dr. Martin has maintained a private practice for more than three decades and is currently president of the Massachusetts Dental Society. He has served the American Dental Association on the Future of Dentistry work group and is currently a member of the Council on Government Affairs.

  • 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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  • There are no prerequisites for this course.