NS-19 Root Canal Preparation Instruments: Where Are We Now and Where May We Be Going?

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CE Credits: 1.5

Program Overview:

The purpose of endodontic instruments is to shape the inside of the root canal system in order to help remove pulp tissue and facilitate the disinfection and obturation of the canal space. Unfortunately, endodontic manufacturers, to avoid instrument separation, produce instruments designed for the clinician with minimal skills. This results in instruments possessing high torque strength designed by engineers with little or no regard to production of instruments for use by skilled clinicians. Engineers, innovators and endodontists should be aware of the elements involved in instrument design: material, surface texture, tip configuration, cross-sectional shape and core diameter, symmetry, taper, helical angle and pitch. But what are the ideal parameters and can one instrument really satisfy all of our needs? The presenters for this session will elucidate their decades of experience and research on this subject while offering their individual opinions as to the current state of the art and the most likely future of endodontic instruments.

At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

  •  Discuss the parameters of the ideal endodontic file.
  •  Discuss the deficiencies of the current endodontic files.
  •  Discuss the potential future of endodontic files.

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5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
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1.50 CE credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 CE credits  |  Certificate available

L. Stephen Buchanan, D.D.S.

Dr. Buchanan has been lecturing and teaching hands-on endodontic courses for over 28 years, both in his state-of-the-art education laboratory in Santa Barbara, California as well as in dental schools and meetings around the world. His continual involvement in the research and development of new instruments and procedures has allowed him to teach at the leading edge of the specialty, as exemplified by his recent move into implant surgery.

Wm. Ben Johnson D.D.S.

Wm. Ben Johnson, DDS, attended Univeristy of Tulsa, 1962-1965, Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree, 1969 Baylor University, and Endodontic Certificate, 1973 Baylor University. Dr. Johnson is a member of the ADA, AAE, ODA TCDS, OAE and Tulsa County Endo Study club. Dr. Johnson is retired from private practice and is currently a consultant with Dentsply-Tulsa Dental Specialties. Dr. Johnson is the Founder of Tulsa Dental Products, Sportswire (a NiTi manufacturer), and Terminator Spinner Baits (a fishing lure company). Dr. Johnson is instrumental is developing and improving products for the advancement of the endodontic community. Such a,s Profile .04 and .06, ProTaper, M-Wire as well as many other new developements. Dr. Johnson received the American Association of Endodontists President's Awarad, American Association of Endodontists Philanthropist of the Year Award, Oklahoma Inventor of the Year Award, French Society of Endodontists Louis I. Grossman Award and the University of Tulsa Distinguished Alumni Award.

Louis H. Berman, D.D.S., F.A.C.D.

Dr. Berman received his dental degree from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, and his Certificate in Endodontics from Albert Einstein Medical Center, where he is currently a clinical instructor and guest lecturer. He is also a clinical associate professor of endodontics at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. He has lectured internationally and published in several peer-reviewed journals, and is a member of the Journal of Endodontics' Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Berman is the co-author for the chapter on Diagnosis in the ninth, tenth and eleventh editions of Cohen’s Pathways of the Pulp and is the co-editor of the current eleventh edition along with Dr. Kenneth Hargreaves. Dr. Berman is also the senior editor and contributing author of the comprehensive textbook, A Clinical Guide to Dental Traumatology. A Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, Dr. Berman has been in full-time private practice for 32 years.

L. Stephen Buchanan, D.D.S., F.I.C.D, FACD

Disclosure: In accordance with this policy, I declare I have a past or present proprietary or relevant financial relationship or receive gifts in kind (including soft intangible remuneration), consulting position or affiliation, or other personal interest of any nature or kind in any product, service, course and/or company, or in any firm beneficially associated therewith, as indicated below:
Care Credit (Self) : Consultant (Status: Ongoing); Dentsply (Self) : Consultant (Status: Ongoing); Obtura Spartan (Self) : Consultant (Status: Ongoing); sybronendo KERR (Self) : Consultant (Status: Ongoing)

Wm. Ben Johnson, D.D.S., FACD, FICD

Disclosure: In accordance with this policy, I declare I have a past or present proprietary or relevant financial relationship or receive gifts in kind (including soft intangible remuneration), consulting position or affiliation, or other personal interest of any nature or kind in any product, service, course and/or company, or in any firm beneficially associated therewith, as indicated below:
Dentsply International (Self) : Consultant (Status: Ongoing)

Louis H. Berman, D.D.S., FACD 

Disclosure: I declare that I have no proprietary, financial, or other personal interest of any nature or kind in any product, service, course, and/or company, or in any firm beneficially associated therewith, that will be discussed or considered during the proposed presentation.