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Continuing Dental Education

Safety and Simplicity in Root Canal Instrumentation and Obturation: myths, metal, and motion

Alex Fleury, DDS, MS

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The University of Washington Office of Continuing Dental Education gratefully acknowledges

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for their generous support of this program.

Lecture Description

Nearly 28 years since the introduction of Nickel Titanium Rotary Files to endodontics, we’ve learned much about the clinical strengths and limitations of these great instruments. As a result of recent improvements in metallurgy, enhanced designs, and innovative rotary file motions, we now need to understand how these changes affect clinical instrumentation. Furthermore, in parallel to improvements in instrumentation technology, root canal obturation has been revolutionized in the area of cement/sealer technology. These obturation improvements are allowing more efficient obturation techniques at lower costs. Finally, combining improvements on both instrumentation and obturation front is now allowing us to create more efficient instrumentation and obturation techniques that are safe, simple, and predictable. During this presentation, Dr. Fleury will talk about these points with specific emphasis on access, irrigation, instrumentation, and obturation.

Course Objectives:

As a result of attending this lecture you will be able to:

  • Learn how rotary file design, metallurgy and motion influences instrumentation safety and efficiency.
  • Comprehend the advantages of bioceramic based obturation and clinical techniques for its implementation.
  • Discover how instrumentation and obturation protocols can be combined as a comprehensive system to achieve both efficiency and predictability in most clinical situations.

Hands-On Workshop Description

In this hands-on workshop, a simple instrumentation and obturation system discussed during the didactic portion of this presentation will be demonstrated. After attending this workshop, you will have a full understanding of this instrumentation and obturation system, which will help improve the predictability of your cases while dramatically reducing instrument separation. All participants will have the opportunity to validate these concepts during the workshop. Plastic blocks will be used for this demonstration.

If available, participants are encouraged to bring sterile, accessed and canal-validated extracted teeth representative of the kind of cases they do clinically. PLEASE NOTE: wisdom teeth are excluded.

Course Objectives:

As a result of attending this hands-on workshop you will be able to:

  • Be able to describe the proper protocol for safe and effective instrumentation of a given canal and cone fit for obturation in different scenarios.
  • Describe the simple, bonded obturation technique of the fitted gutta percha in the prepared canal.
  • Be able to utilize the advantage of Hydraulic Condensation to prepare a quick post space in the canal, if needed.
  • Recognize that ‘Great Endodontics’ can be accomplished in both a safe and simple manner. The key is to combine new technology with long established, evidence-based endodontic principles.


Dr. Alex FleuryALEX FLEURY received his Masters of Science Degree in Oral Biology and Certificate in Endodontics from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Former Director of Predoctoral Endodontics at Nova Southeastern University and Baylor College of Dentistry. He currently serves as Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Dentistry. Dr. Fleury has served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Journal of Endodontics, and as well serves as the Director of Educational Resources for Real World Endodontics. He is in full-time private practice in Dallas.


  • Dr. Fleury discloses that he is the Director of Educational Resources for Real World Endodontics, which is providing the honorarium for this course.
  • The staff of the University of Washington Office of Continuing Dental Education have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Course Logistics

Saturday, October 1, 2022

In Person:
University of Washington
South Campus Center
Room 316
Seattle, Washington 98195

This course is designed for dentists.


Lecture: 8:30am – 12:00pm Pacific Time
Workshop: 1:00pm – 4:30pm Pacific Time

TUITION – price includes lunch for those attending workshop
Until September 28, 2022 (after, $25 more for full day, $10 more for lecture only)
$425/Dentist – lecture and workshop
$411/Current Dental Alumni Members – lecture and workshop

$140/Dentist – lecture only
$87/Staff – lecture only
$126/ Current Dental Alumni Members – lecture only

3.5 hours lecture only; 7 hours lecture and workshop

Limited Attendance:
The hands-on workshop limited to 40 participants

In order to participate in this hands-on session, it is necessary to complete the lecture program.

* This course is eligible for a 10% discount if you are a current member of the UW Dental Alumni Association.


Conflict of Interest
In accordance with the ADA CERP Standard V., everyone involved in planning or presenting this educational activity will be required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests and this information will be made available to participants at the start of the course.

As a continuing education provider, University of Washington Continuing Dental Education is responsible for ensuring the content, quality and scientific integrity of all continuing dental education activities for which credit is provided. The School is also responsible for taking steps to protect against and/or disclose any conflict of interest of the faculty/instructors presenting those courses.

Cancellation and Refunds
For this live lecture and workshop, a registration refund, less a $50 fee, will be issued for cancellations received by Wednesday, September 28, 2022. Registration will remain open, however, when registering after Wednesday, September 28, 2022, NO REFUNDS will be accepted. Cancellations must be received in email to The cancellation request must include: the name of the course, name of the person registered, name of the person requesting the cancellation, and the reason for the cancellation.

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Dental education institutions have an obligation to disseminate new knowledge related to dental practice. In so doing, some presentations may include controversial materials or commercial references. Sponsorship of a continuing education course by the University of Washington does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, procedure, or product by this institution.

The University of Washington Continuing Dental Education cautions continuing dental education participants that there are potential risks of using limited knowledge when incorporating new techniques and procedures into the practice of dentistry, especially when the continuing education course has not provided supervised clinical experience and/or competency tests in the techniques or procedures.

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University of Washington designates this activity for 3.5 continuing education credits for the lecture and 3.5 continuing education credits for the workshop.