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Dr. Fleur A. Blethen

Dr. Fleur A. Blethen

Empathy, tenacity, and perseverance are keys to this clinician’s flourishing practice  What can you tell us about your background? I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, and lived there until I was 13 years old. My family relocated...

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Dr. Ernest Reeh, Practice Profile

Dr. Ernest Reeh, Practice Profile

Focus on patients, family, academics, and endodontics What can you tell us about your background? I have a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a minor in business. I was accepted off of the alternate list for dental school and then attained...

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Practice Profile - Dr. Anthony Horalek

Practice Profile - Dr. Anthony Horalek

Practice Profile | Dr. Anthony Horalek: The art and science of endodontics.

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GuttaCore® system: a step forward in the evolution of endodontics

GuttaCore® system: a step forward in the evolution of endodontics

Dr. Andrei Zoryan dispels some of the common myths surrounding carrier-based obturation Carrier-based gutta percha Carrier-based obturation (such as Thermafil®, GT® obturator, ProTaper® obturator [Dentsply Tulsa Dental Specialties]) is one...

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Endodontic retreatment of a lower right first molar with WaveOne®

Endodontic retreatment of a lower right first molar with WaveOne®

Dr. David C. Baker uses a technique that facilitates quick and predictable results Patient history The patient is a 34-year-old female who was referred by a local colleague. She had broken her lower right first molar and complained of some general...

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The Laschal FXP set incorporates transferred oscillation technology

Background There are other ultrasonic devices on the market that depend upon direct contact with a separated file to loosen and remove. However, it is absolutely impossible to restrict the contact of the tip to the file remnant itself. The vibrations...

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Secrets to financial and personal freedom for endodontists

Secrets to financial and personal freedom for endodontists

In part 1 of his series, Dr. Ace Goerig offers the first steps to becoming debt-free I was presenting at a recent AAE national meeting with over 200 endodontists in the room, and I asked the question, “How many of you are completely debt-free?” ...

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Ethics, morals, and law in the professional office

Ethics, morals, and law in the professional office

Dr. Bruce H. Seidberg discusses how ethical and moral behavior are governed by law A relationship exists between medicine, dentistry and the law1 (Figure 1). Dentistry is to medicine as medicine is to dentistry: They have a cause and effect...

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Feedback – lateral thinking

Feedback – lateral thinking

Jacqui Goss explains how to gather reliable patient feedback

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Focuses On Endodontic Outcomes Based on Scientific Evidence

Tulsa, Okla., August 25, 2011:  DENTSPLY Tulsa Dental Specialties announced the launch of a new, ground-breaking, two-day continuing education course eligible for ADA CERP and AGD PACE continuing education credits.

In a revolutionary two-day (14 credits) approach to endodontic continuing education that is founded on science, the course takes dentists through every vital step of root canal therapy. Clinicians will be taken through the key factors needed to achieve success, including: Diagnosis, Access and Canal Preparation, Disinfection, Obturation and Endodontic Restorations. Until now, endodontic continuing education focused on the how-to mechanics. Technical and product-based courses traditionally built excellent procedural experience, but did little to address the scientific, evidence-based factors that ultimately determine success.

The course curriculum was developed by Drs. George A. Bruder, James L. Gutmann, Markus Haapasalo, Sergio Kuttler, Stephen P. Niemczyk and Robert S. Roda. The course is taught individually by these endodontic experts - among other respected endodontic speakers - and includes lecture and hands-on instruction after the completion of each course section.

“As clinicians, we cannot always determine the highest level of evidence-based directives that may have an impact on our outcomes. Therefore, we must rely heavily on supportive and ever-advancing biologic research. We created an approach to endodontic care that requires the judicious integration of systematic assessments of clinically relevant scientific evidence, the consideration of the patient’s overall health and utilization of the dentist’s clinical expertise,” said Dr. Robert S. Roda, DDS, MS, instructor and co-developer of the course curriculum. “In this course, we highlight and investigate the scientific research to provide new learning that can positively enhance efficacy of endodontic procedures.”

The course will offer attendees a different kind of CE experience that will cover new ground rather than procedural proficiencies already widely understood.  The unique approach includes unbiased discussion of the latest endodontic innovations on the market and the science behind them.

The cost of the course is $499 but attendees can save $100 by registering 30 days in advance. Registration, presenter biographies and a complete listing of course locations are available at http://register.tulsadental.com or by calling 1-800-662-1202.

About Tulsa Dental Specialties and DENTSPLY

Tulsa Dental Specialties is one of the leading producers or marketers of endodontic, implant and regenerative dental systems in North America.  It is a division of York, Penn.-based DENTSPLY, a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of products for the dental market. For further information, please visit www.tulsadentalspecialties.com.

DENTSPLY designs, develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of professional dental products including dental implants, endodontic instruments and materials, orthodontic appliances, restorative materials, preventive materials and devices, and prosthetic materials and devices. The Company distributes its dental products in over 120 countries under some of the most well-established brand names in the industry. DENTSPLY is committed to the development of innovative, high quality, cost-effective new products for the dental market.

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There remains a growing belief among clinicians that obturation is to blame for endodontic failures. This notion has more recently fallen under scrutiny as researchers have discovered that the most thorough obturation can only reflect the quality of the cleaning and shaping of the canal. In fact, a number of researchers point to the thorough use of irrigants — making sure that the debris and irrigant itself are lifted completely out of the canal, not forced out the apex — as the most important determinant in the long-term success of an endodontic procedure.

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