Frequently Asked Questions
I’m new to doing Rotary Endodontics. Is this a suitable course for me? If so, how?
This course is ideal for both the beginner and experienced practitioner. The hands-on portion is tailored for each participant.
We will teach you how to better perform rotary endodontic treatment as well as various aspects involved in efficiently delivering endodontic care from the initial complaint of pain/swelling (or lesion spotted on a radiograph) to restoring completed cases. Participants will be able to practice the new techniques with the files provided at the course.
This is primarily a hands-on course. It is all about performing rotary endodontics efficiently, safely, and more predictably. In essence, the fog oft associated with rotary endodontics will be lifted and you have an efficient regimen for tackling most cases you face, from beginning to end. The didactic portion is there to complement your hands-on skills. Not only will you be better at performing endodontic treatment will be a connoisseur of things endo related.
Participants can work individually or work in groups of 3-4 like-minded practitioners. Our four endodontists will then customize the direction each of you receive. This will allow all participants, regardless of their level of experience, to get the most out of the course.
We will poll participants prior to the course in order to help maximize your experience and meet all of you objectives.
I’ve been doing my own Rotary Endo in my practice for some time. Is this a suitable course for me to take? If so, why?
Advanced practitioners learners can increase their efficiency whilst still staying safe and avoiding breakage, ledging, blocking out, and other things that can ruin your endo day. You will increase your productivity and predictability. Better cleaning, shaping, and obturation results are possible.
What kind of prep should I do prior to the course? Do you provide extracted teeth?
We do provide extracted teeth for those who don’t have any. Not to worry!
However, we recommend that prior to the program, you track down your own extracted teeth, do some pre-access work on them, and take 2 radiographs and print those radiographs out to bring with you to the course. It saves you time at the program, when you could be refining your access instead of spending time finding a tooth, having the x-ray taken, etc.
What kind of patient case is suitable for live patient practice? What criteria should I look for? What records do the faculty need to review to ascertain suitability?
It is optional for you to work on patient. If this is of interest to you please contact us directly so that we can organize things properly.
Dr. Fransen will perform a live patient treatment on the Sunday, demonstrating the core principles working in the real world.
I am not a British Columbia resident with a BC dental license. Can I still perform an Endo procedure on my patient at the course?
Yes! The College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia can provide out-of-province participants with temporary licenses to practice on patients within our program. The CDSPI works closely with the College to provide malpractice insurance for each temporary licensure. Follow those two links to access the application forms for both. If your current malpractice insurance covers Canada at $3 million or more per occurrence, you need not purchase more malpractice insurance from CDSPI; instead, have your insurance company provide proof of coverage for those conditions and have them forward it to the CDSBC.
Note that your application to CDSBC must be submitted a minimum of 3 weeks prior to the course, and the application itself, once approved, is valid for one year.
Karen Walker at the CDSBC is a huge support for this important item. Feel free to call 1-800-663-9169 or 604-736-3621 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
What skill sets or knowledge will I be able to apply at my practice on Monday morning following the course?
The course will provide you with the skills to increase your endo production. You will be more efficient at delivering endodontic treatment and be able to avoid mishaps reliably. You will have more pre-op confidence, ‘I can do this’ in the scheduled time and have a result you are proud of. We provide you with a “Case Selection Protocol” which helps you avoid “Access Regret” (starting a case that is non-productive for you and not a great experience for your patient). The more you know pre-operatively, the more likely you will be able to select cases you want to treat and avoid nightmares. In addition, you will be have the skill set to better handle dental emergencies effectively and efficiently.
What systems and protocols are taught at this course? Are the course principles generally the same regardless of the system used?
Files and armamentarium will be provided by Dentsply Sirona. All faculty use different file systems in their office and will be open to discussing the different systems at the course, but we have chosen Dentsply Sirona instrumentation because of the phenomenal support and customer service from the Dentsply Sirona Endodontics and because they provide the most complete and well-researched system for rotary endodontics.
Is there a hands-on component to this course?
This course is primarily a hands-on course. So yes, plenty of hands-on exercises… roughly half the course.
We do not have access to a microscope in my office for RCTs. Is the hands-on portion taught with a large emphasis on the use of microscopes?
We will have microscopes available, for you to gauge their value in your own skill-building and in your practice. However, participants are encouraged and required to bring your own loops with illumination. The course is not about selling or needing to use a microscope for successful endodontic treatment.
Is there continuing dental education available for me following this course?
This course is being presented to lay the foundation for future courses, mini-lectures and study clubs in the Lower Mainland. If the interest is there from participants to continue onwards, we are enthusiastic in putting something together for our dentists.
Currently, we host BC Endo Solutions study club on Tuesday evenings once a month, October through May each year, in Richmond B.C.
Visit www.bcendosolutions.ca/study-club for more details
What’s the student to faculty ratio for this course?
We have four faculty and max at 28 dentists. The ratio is roughly 7:1.
How many hours of Continuing Education credit will I receive from taking BC Endo Solutions?
Over the course of 3 days, each participant will receive a total of 24 CE credits.
How many hours of hands-on CE is provided?
Roughly half of the course is hands-on, so approximately 12 hours.
Is this course PACE and AGD approved?
Yes. CE credit hours for both your local college and the AGD [if you are a member] will be submitted on your behalf by Andrew, our education coordinator.
I’m concerned about payment for the program. Do you have a financing program available?
We are happy to personalize a payment program for you. Our registration form is set up to for one or two credit card payments, but feel free to contact Andrew, our education coordinator, with any specific requests.
I graduated from dental school recently [within the last three years]. Do you offer a discount to New Grads?
Yes! New grads receive an automatic $200 off the cost of tuition.