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Endodontic Symposium 2019

Endodontic and restorative techniques: preserving the natural tooth
This single day course comprehensively covers endodontics and prosthodontics by leading experts in their fields.

Course overview

The University of Sydney and Henry Schein Halas are pleased to present the 6th in a series of Endodontic Symposiums that first commenced in 2005. The symposium will bring together some of Australia’s most trusted and respected specialists in endodontics and prosthodontics. This one day program is both practical and topical.  The core aim of the day is to provide the general practitioner with everyday solutions and “take home” treatment techniques for maintaining the form and function of the natural tooth. There will be six key presentations where the latest trends, procedures and developments in endodontics are discussed. The day will also feature an interactive panel discussion. 

Following the lectures there will be multiple sessions where clinical techniques will be demonstrated including “hands on” participation, providing hints and tips that you can immediately incorporate into your practice to provide better endodontic and restorative treatment.


Over the last two decades, there have been a few technological advances that have really enhanced endodontic diagnosis and treatment. The operating microscope provides superior magnification and illumination, which improves treatment ability by enhancing direct vision. With the advent of high-resolution Cone Beam CT, there is now the possibility to dramatically aid radiographic visualisation, providing accurate discrimination of anatomical structures in 3 dimensions for detailed pre-operative diagnosis and treatment planning. This technology has many applications, e.g. the assessment of undisclosed periapical pathology, root canal anatomy, resorption, root fractures, etc. These will be illustrated using clinical case-based examples.

Presented by Dr David Figdor

Access is a critical step of endodontic treatment.  Inappropriate access can make the treatment more difficult, less predictable and adversely affect prognosis.  However, good access is essential to make endodontic treatment more predictable and enjoyable.  Begin with the end in mind.

Access is the pathway by which we get to where we need to get to achieve our aim: the thorough cleaning of the root canal system.  How do we get there? Concepts and tips will be presented to help guide access and canal location.  We need to customise our treatment according to the tooth being treated.

Once a canal is located, how is it negotiated? Clinical tips for canal scouting and glide path preparation will be discussed.  The presentation will have a strong practical focus.

Presented by Dr Erika Vinczer

The aim of this lecture is to give the clinician clear steps on how to improve the accuracy of working length calculation. The influence of the length of root-filling as it relates to success will be discussed. Electronic apex locators such as the Dentaport ZX improve endodontic outcomes by improving accuracy of the working length determination.  Many of the clinical challenges facing the practitioner doing endodontics can be met once accurate canal length is determined. This lecture will illustrate the practical clinical techniques required to achieve reliable working length measurements.

Presented by Dr Matt Filei

Root canal treatment has a high success rate when undertaken in endodontic practice, with most teeth being retained for many years after treatment. When root canal treatment fails it is due to reintroduction of bacteria into the canal system through decay, fracture of restorations, leakage around temporary restorations, initially missed or untreated canals or where there have been difficulties in locating or preparing canals to the appropriate length during the initial treatment procedure. Many of these cases can be retreated successfully by removal of the old root fillings and management of the canal systems. This lecture will discuss how to assess if the tooth can and should undergo retreatment and illustrate retreatment procedures. Some cases will be shown to demonstrate the important role of endodontic retreatment in maintaining the natural dentition in function.

Presented by Dr Donna Richards

Management and treatment planning of post treatment endodontic disease can be a dilemma for both the general practitioner and the endodontist.

Modern orthograde endodontic retreatment has very predictable and positive outcomes. Therefore, it is often 'the' treatment of choice for managing post-treatment endodontic disease. Traditionally, when orthograde retreatment was simply not successful or possible, surgical management was considered a last, often heroic, attempt to maintain the tooth.

Today due to new instruments, materials and techniques modern endodontic microsurgery has evolved tremendously, especially in the last decade. It is fundamentally different from historical apical surgery. There are now many clinical studies that support the predictable and positive outcome of modern endodontic microsurgery in the treatment of post-treatment endodontic disease.  Hence surgical management of post-treatment endodontic disease should not be viewed as the last resort but as a predictable treatment option to maintain the natural tooth.

Presented by Dr Marcus Yan

New digital technologies have been enthusiastically embraced by the profession. This is especially so in restorative techniques with CAD/CAM design and manufacture of restorations. In addition, new materials and protocols have facilitated “minimal intervention” concepts in tooth restoration. But has embracing these advances resulted in less prudent biomechanical considerations in restoration of the endodontically treated tooth? Are the concepts of ferrule and resistance form still important? Is “out with the old and in with the new” always appropriate?

This lecture will discuss the biomechanical compromises associated with the endodontically treated tooth, suggest appropriate materials and restoration form to address these issues and discuss the limitations of some new technologies and materials.

Presented by Dr Terry Walton

Key information
Course date: 

Friday 18 October 2019

8.30am-5.30pm (Registration from 8:00am). Includes all catering.
Location: Hyatt Regency Sydney, 161 Sussex Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Course structure:  Lectures, hands on demonstrations and workshops
CPD hours:


Course fees:

$740 (incl. GST)

Earlybird for dentists (pay by 23 August 2019) and University of Sydney alumni                     
$870 (incl. GST)   Standard for dentists  

$695 (incl. GST)  

University of Sydney staff/NSW Health staff
Registration:  Register now online. To pay by AMEX or pay over the phone please contact the Continuing Education office by email at or by calling: +61 2 9351 8348.

Course presenters

  • Dr David Figdor - BDSc, LDS, MDSc, FRACDS, Dip Endo, FPFA, PhD, FASM, FADI, FICD
  • Dr Erika Vinczer - BDS, BScDent (Hons), MDSc (Endo), FICD
  • Dr Matt Filei - BDSc, MDSc, FRACDS, GCClinDent, MRACDS(Endo)
  • Dr Donna Richards- BDSC (Melb) GDipClinDent (Endo) DClinDent (endo) MRACDS
  • Dr Marcus Yan BDS, MDSc(Endo), FRACDS, MRACDS(Endo), FPFA, FICD
  • Dr Terry Walton - AM, BDS (Syd), MDSc,(Syd) MS (Mich), FRACDS, FICD
  • Dr Steven Cohn - BA, DDS, DABE, FICD, FADI, FPFA (Course convenor)


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