Obturation: Basis, Objectives, and Techniques
Course Description: This course was prepared by Dr. Catalina Mendez who has an active practice in Bogota, Colombia. The voice of Andrew Van Ness presents the English voice over for this informative course. The course addresses, which step is more important when filling a root canal? 1. Access preparation? 2. Irrigation? 3. Obturation? The correct answer is that each step is vitally important to successful endodontic treatment, but it is the last one – obturation - that, in the vernacular, seals the deal. And it is this step that deserves as much time and attention as each preceding one.
This illustrative course by Catalina Méndez de la Espriella (narrated by Andrew Van Ness), discusses the technical and biological objectives for successful endodontics, the purpose and criteria for irrigants, and then gives a brief history of obturation so we can better understand the various clinical options that exist today. Then Dr. Mendez delivers the mother lode: she graphically demonstrates how to correctly obturate a canal, step-by-step, via graphic images, videos, and clinical cases so that clinicians performing endodontics will be able to improve and enhance their techniques, and deliver more predictable results. From isolating the bacteria to master cones and accessory points, she explains all. This course is a must for all performing endodontic therapy.
Course objectives: After completing this course the participant should be able to:
- Understand microfiltration and how to avoid it
- Understand the principles and objectives of obturation
- Utilize the different obturation techniques
- Implement existing and new technologies that enhance endodontic treatment for predictable outcomes