This course comprises lectures, demonstrations and hands-on components.
Clinical endodontic procedures can be technically difficult at times. However, with a good understanding of the technical procedures, it is possible for general dental practitioners to perform root canal treatment on the majority of teeth.
As part of understanding the technical procedures, it is essential to also know and understand the various instruments and materials that are used. There are many, many choices of instruments, materials and techniques, so it can be confusing and difficult to decide what to use. The first secret is to keep things simple and choose a “package deal” – that is, choose instruments that match the materials and the technique.
This course will outline simple techniques for the major stages of root canal treatment – starting with initial canal negotiation, followed by working length determination, canal preparation and root canal filling techniques. Participants will then be able to practise these techniques by doing the hands-on practical exercises on extracted teeth.
The main objective of this course is to prepare general practitioners for an immediate improvement in their technical skills and ability to perform root canal treatment.
Professor Paul Abbott is the Winthrop Professor of Clinical Dentistry at The University of Western Australia. He is a Specialist Endodontist and works in private practice on a part-time basis.
Prior to taking a full-time University position in 2002, he spent 17 years in private specialist practice in Perth and Melbourne. He was Head of the UWA School of Dentistry and Director of the Oral Health Centre of WA from 2003-2009. He has lectured extensively in 42 countries, has published over 170 articles in refereed journals and 24 textbook chapters. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Dental Traumatology and he has served on Editorial Boards and Scientific Review Panels of 17 international journals.
Professor Abbott has won numerous awards for his teaching including the University of Western Australia’s Excellence in Teaching Award for Individual Teaching, Postgraduate Coursework Teaching and for Research Supervision. He has also been awarded by the UWA Student Guild for his teaching and recently received a Commendation for Lifetime Achievement in Clinical Supervision from The WA Clinical Training Network Team. In June 2015, he was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of his services to clinical dentistry, teaching, research and professional societies.