School of Dentistry

Continuing Dental Education

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Current Strategies for Successful Endodontics: A Lecture & Hands-on Workshop

Current Strategies for Successful Endodontics: A Lecture & Hands-on Workshop

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Ever changing advances in endodontic technologies and techniques give you greater treatment options and the opportunity to perform with greater precision and confidence.

Whether you are a novice or experienced user of endodontic technology, you will benefit from learning about the latest developments in endodontics and the opportunity to experience them first-hand. During the morning lecture session you will receive evidence-based updates on: 1) rotary and reciprocation instrumentation, 2) thermoplastic carrier-based obturation, and 3) irrigation protocols and materials. You will also be introduced to the operating microscope and will be shown how it is used to successfully treat calcified canals, separated instruments and perforation repairs. During the afternoon hands-on session, you will gain practical experience preparing root canals for 3-D obturation in extracted teeth using the materials and techniques presented during the morning lecture. A limited number of operating microscopes will also be available for your use.

This continuing dental education program is funded in part by an unrestricted educational grant from Dentsply Tulsa Dental Specialties.


Through presentations using a multimedia format and hands-on experience, you will learn to:

  • recognize the differences in file designs and the advantages and disadvantages of each type.
  • identify and apply the proper techniques for rotary and reciprocation instrumentation and carrier-based obturation.
  • locate and negotiate canals more efficiently with a higher degree of safety.
  • manage the treatment of iatrogenic occurances such as missed canals, perforations and separated instruments.
  • use ultrasonics to refine accesses and locate calcified canals.
  • use a dental operating microscope while performing endodontic procedures.
Who Should Attend

General dentists interested in enhancing their knowledge and skills with advanced endodontic therapies and techniques.

Educational Methods

Illustrated lectures, discussion, demonstrations and laboratory exercises.

Equipment and Supplies

You will need to bring to the course: 1) loupes/safety glasses, and 2) three or more extracted teeth with ideal access prepared (1 anterior, 1 premolar and 1 molar, if possible). All other equipment and supplies will be provided by Dentsply Tulsa Dental Specialties and the School of Dentistry.

Guest Speaker

Stephen P. Niemczyk, D.M.D., is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, and maintains a full time practice limited to Endodontics in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. Dr. Niemczyk received both his dental degree and his postgraduate Endodontic certificate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (SDM). He lectured extensively within the SDM at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, directed the pre-clinical endodontic laboratory and was later named to the position of Director of Undergraduate Endodontics. Dr. Niemczyk also served as the interim Post Graduate Director and Endodontic Clinic Director during his tenure at the SDM. Since 1995, Dr.Niemczyk has been the Director of Endodontic Microsurgery at Harvard University and Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Niemczyk has lectured extensively in the U.S., Central America, Europe and Asia. He is the author of numerous papers and a chapter on Microsurgery, and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Journal of Endodontics and the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Medicine and Pathology. He is the founder of Endodontic Microsurgical Innovations, dedicated to the development of new treatment techniques and instrumentation. Dr. Niemczyk has received honoraria from Dentsply Tulsa Dental Specialties.

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