Maximising Endodontic Success


Keeping out of trouble, re-treatment and surgical principles

The aim of this course is to extend the basic endodontic principles to cope with more complicated clinical scenarios that are often encountered. Seven principles will be discussed throughout the course.

Topics include

  • Predicting successful outcomes. Central to successful endodontics is appropriate case selection. This section will consider restorability, provisional restorations, alternative treatment options and provide guidance as to which cases can be considered predictable and which should be avoided. 
  • Management strategies for calcified canals, locating and negotiating the MB2. Gaining access to the foramen is often the most challenging stage in endodontics. Techniques for locating and negotiating calcified canals will be covered. Try and bring some teeth with narrow or calcified canals to trial some alternative techniques.
  • Management of open apices. Trauma to immature teeth often results in having to manage an open apex. The traditional method was long-term calcium hydroxide dressings. There is now a trend to either apexification with MTA or to attempt “regenerative endodontics”. The indications/contraindications for these approaches will be covered. 
  • Perforation repair. Getting your “assistant” out of trouble may involve managing a perforation. How perforations are handled immediately can make a marked difference in the outcome. The hands-on component will cover a few treatment strategies that can be easily implemented. 
  • Post and fractured instrument removal. The use of ultrasonics to manage both of these situations will be explored and guidelines to when you should implement them. 
  • Energised irrigation techniques. Irrigation is perhaps the most crucial aspect of the chemo-mechanical preparation and there are a number of new instruments available to energise the irritants. This section will review the current technologies available.
  • Surgical principles - ultrasonic preparation and retrograde fillings. Advanced surgical principles have corresponded to an increase in surgical success rates. An understanding of these concepts is essential to those either referring or performing surgery. 

Learning Objectives

  • Identify appropriate case selection for successful treatment outcomes
  • Locate and negotiate calcified and additional canals (MB2) 
  • Master the skills required to repair perforations, remove posts and manage teeth with open apices
  • Summarise the indications and contraindications for re-treatment or surgical approaches to provide the best treatment options for your patients

Other Information

This course requires practitioners to collect and access four (4) extracted posterior teeth. Practitioners are also encouraged to bring their loupes on the day. Further details will be provided upon registering.

Providers Terms


Delegate places in events are confirmed once full payment has been received. While credit card is the preferred method of payment, CPD will provide an invoice with 14-day payment terms to those participants who choose to pay by cheque. CPD reserves the right to apply a 10 percent surcharge for registrations made within three (3) business days of an event. (CPD accepts payment by Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Cheque, Direct Debit or Bank Cheque).


All course fees include 10 percent GST in the total cost except where stated. All tax invoices will show CPD's ABN 34 000 021 232.

Delegate Cancellation

Cancellations of any event must be received in writing by email to [email protected] Substitution of delegates can occur at any time at no additional cost. Course fees or part thereof cannot be transferred to another event when cancellation occurs within two (2) weeks* of the original event. (*1 week equals 7 full days). CPD takes no responsibility for changes to delegate work commitments or personal circumstances.

Cancellation of Hands on Programs

For cancellations of hands-on program places made at least four (4) weeks* prior to the event in question, a credit note for the full course fee will be given to be used towards a future course. A credit note of 50 percent of the course fee will be given for cancellations of up to two (2) weeks* prior to the event. No credit will be given for cancellations made with less than two (2) weeks* notice. A $50 administration fee applies to ALL cancellations.

Cancellation of Lecture Programs

For cancellations of lecture program places made at least two (2) weeks* prior to the event in question, a credit note for the full course fee will be given to be used towards a future course. A credit note of 50 percent of the course fee will be given for cancellations up to one (1) week* prior to the event. No credit note will be given for cancellations made with less than one (1) weeks* notice. A $50 administration fee applies to ALL cancellations.

Failure to Attend

A delegate who fails to attend will be liable for 100 percent of the course fee.

Program Cancellation / Rescheduling

CPD takes all care to produce high quality program events that deliver as promised. All advertised details are correct at the time of publication. However when circumstances beyond our control prevail, CPD reserves the right to cancel, postpone, relocate or reschedule any program. If CPD exercises this option, CPD will employ reasonable endeavours to notify delegates as early as possible to minimise inconvenience. CPD will not accept any responsibility for travel and accommodation costs incurred by delegates. Where a refund is due to a delegate, a refund for the amount paid will be issued within 30 days of notification. In the case of program post-ponement or rescheduling, the delegate may choose to transfer the fee from the cancelled course to a future program of equal value. In this case these terms and conditions apply.


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What to bring

Generally, most clinical instruments and materials are supplied for hands-on courses held at the CTC. Please bring your own magnification loupes to clinical hands-on workshops.


To keep course fees down, some materials and products used in workshops may be provided by dental suppliers. Representatives may be in attendance at these events.

Dietary requests

CPD will endeavour to accommodate special dietary requests, please request at the time of booking. In some cases, special dietary requests may incur an extra charge.


In the situation whereby a transfer is permitted, a maximum of two (2) transfers can be made per registration. Course fees or part thereof cannot be transferred to another event when cancellation occurs within two (2) weeks* of the original event. (*1 week equals 7 full days). 

Course Notes

In the interest of environmental sustainability, CPD may replace printed course notes with an electronic copy which will be emailed to participants following the course. To ensure receipt of these notes, please advise CPD of your correct email address on your registration.

CPD hours/Certificates

Attendance certificates will be available to download via your online ‘MyCPD’ account on the CPD website 2 days after the course. Participants who cannot attend for the entire day/hours will have their certificate adjusted accordingly.

Member $814Select
Non-Member $977Select
Contact Hours:

6.5 hrs


Sat, 27 June 2020

Start Time:

9:00 AM


1 Day


Lecture and Hands on




ADA NSW Centre for Professional Development

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1 Atchison St, St Leonards,
Sydney, New South Wales,
Australia, 2065

Ada peter cathro

Adjunct Associate Professor Peter Cathro

Upon completion of his specialist training in Endodontics (1994), Peter worked as an endodontist in full time private practice in Melbourne and then in Auckland, New Zealand. Peter later took a position as a Senior Lecturer at Otago University (New Zealand) before becoming Associate Professor and Head of Discipline at the University of Adelaide (Australia) for seven years.

In addition to teaching undergraduate and post-graduate students, Peter has lectured extensively at international conferences and given numerous endodontic hands-on courses throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Peter has recently returned to Otago University and is an Associate Dean (Clinical) and has completed his PhD in microbiology. In addition, Peter maintains an academic appointment with the University of Adelaide as Adjunct Associate Professor. Peter is past president of the NZ endodontic society and is now editor of the NZ Endodontic Journal and a reviewer for three other journals. 

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