NS-5 Rationale for Contemporary Root Canal Treatment: Are We Overengineering the Task?

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CE hours: 1.5

Course Description: The standard of practice in endodontics has changed over time, but still rests on the foundations of biology and engineering science. Appropriate clinical strategies for root canal treatment must use contemporary evidence to support selection of materials and devices. However, it is perhaps timely to prevent overengineering and refrain from biologic plausibility and remember relevant foundational principles. This session focuses on essential steps in nonsurgical root canal treatment, from access cavity to restoration, and includes follow-up care. It is recognized that dentin preservation during access and canal shaping retains structural strength; however, antimicrobial efficacy cannot be compromised. Current evidence suggests that root canal filling may have the most impact when performed with procedural errors, such as overfills. Providing a well-adapted and structurally sound restoration, however, is associated with favorable clinical outcomes, as evidenced by clinical and radiographic assessments.

At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

  • Explain specific canal preparation effects.
  • Select appropriate disinfection solutions and adjunctive devices.
  • Avoid the temptation to select obturation techniques tailored to a “look.


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

Ove A. Peters, D.MD, M.S., Ph.D.

Ove A. Peters, DMD, MS, PhD, is tenured professor and the Chair of the Department of Endodontics, as well as Director of the Advanced Education Program in Endodontology, at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco, California. He earned his dental degree from the University of Kiel, Germany, his endodontic certificates first in 2001 from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and then again along with an MS degree in 2006 from the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Peters served as an Assistant Professor of Prosthodontics from 1993¬1996 at the University of Heidelberg and as the Head of the Faculty Practice in restorative dentistry at the University of Zurich in 2001. He is a fellow of the American and International Colleges of Dentists, a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, and a recipient of multiple awards, including the Louis I. Grossman and the Hans Genet Awards.

In addition to his role as Associate Editor of the International Endodontic Journal, Dr. Peters has authored more than 175 scientific articles, abstracts, and 15 chapters in endodontic textbooks, as well as two books, and has lectured both nationally and internationally.

His main scientific interests are the design and performance of root canal instruments. In this area Dr. Peters has developed novel methods of three-dimensional imaging and mechanical testing. He has also assessed the efficacy of antimicrobial regimes in root canal treatment. More recently he became involved in research in endodontic and stem cell biology.

Ove A. Peters, D.M.D., M.S., Ph.D.  

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 Tulsa: Grant/Research Support
Sonenedo: Consultant

Ove A. Peters, D.M.D., M.S., Ph.D.