The Operating Microscope in Endodontic Practice

Course No: 127513
Format: Lectures & Hands-on
Date: Wednesday 5 June & Thursday 6 June 2013

Wednesday 9:00am-5:00pm & Thursday 9:00am-5:00pm
Registration 8:30am - includes full day's catering

Venue: ADA, 71-73 Lithgow St Leonards
Cost: $1695 (Two days) $850 (One day)
ASE Student Fee $295

This course is open to specialists and Postgraduate Endodontic students.

General Practitioners wth no or limited microscope experience should enrol in The Microscope in Everyday Dentistry: Getting a Closer View

Limit: 16
CPD Hours: 14
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This two day course is designed for postgraduate endodontic students, all specialists and general practitioners who wish to enhance their use of the operating microscope and apply this to routine endodontic treatment, re-treatment and surgical endodontics. While delegates may attend one or both days depending on their particular interests, postgraduate endodontic students must attend both days to be eligible for an educational grant from the Australian Society of Endodontology (Inc.).

Intent to Attend

This is a limited attendance course so please click the following link to email Continuing Education in Dentistry to register your intent to attend by 1 March 2013.

Intent to Attend Microscope Course

Please note: This course is intended for those who have prior experience using a microscope. Dentists with no or limited microscope experience should enrol in the course The Microscope in Everyday Dentistry to be held on Friday 7 June 2013.

Day One - Routine Endodontics and Re-treatment Cases

The enhanced magnification and illumination provided by the dental operating microscope can be applied to many clinical situations, ranging from the inspection of crown preparations to endodontic, periodontic and oral surgery procedures.

The microscope is particularly useful in endodontics for identifying cracks, finding calcified and additional canals, removing posts and broken instruments and repairing perforations. The first day of this course is designed to develop and enhance those microscopic skills.

The subjects to be covered include:

  • Adjusting and par focaling the microscope
  • Access cavities, canal location, instrumentation and obturation exercises
  • The role of ultrasonics
  • Post removal exercises
  • Broken instrument removal exercises
  • Dentist, assistant and patient positioning for optimum results
  • Documentation and patient education
Day Two - Endodontic Microsurgery

This second day of this course will be devoted to all aspects of microsurgical endodontics. The program is a mixture of tutorials and hands-on practical exercises on extracted teeth and specially designed models. All the exercises will be carried out using the microscope.

The topics to be covered include:

  • Patient, dentist and assistant positioning for optimum effectiveness and comfort in the surgical environment
  • Effective utilization of the chair side assistants
  • Diagnosis and case selection
  • Anesthesia and pain control
  • Flap design
  • Management of hard and soft tissues
  • Microsurgical instrument selection and usage
  • Ultrasonic root-end preparations
  • Root end filling techniques
  • Suturing choices and techniques
  • Management of post-operative symptoms
  • Documentation of surgical procedures

During both days of this course a team approach with the dental chair side assistant will be emphasized. Everyone will receive notes, a reading list and technical information about the microscopes. Each participant will have the opportunity to try different brands of microscopes to compare their features.

Those who use loupes should bring them to the course. Loupes should be considered the first stage of magnification. If you do not have loupes, an obligation-free trial with one of the companies can be arranged before this course begins. Please contact the Continuing Education office.


Steven Cohn, BA, DDS, Cert Endo, DABE, FADI, FICD, FPFA


Alan Nerwich, BDS (Hons), MDSc, MRACDS (Endo), FICD

Donna Richards, BDS, GradDipClinDent (Endo), DCD (Endo)

Marcus YAN, BDS, MDSc (Endo), FRACDS