Continuing Dental Education

Sunriver Summer CE Weekend

Safety and Simplicity in Root Canal Instrumentation: myths, metal and motion -and- Current Status and Future Advances for Dental Composites, Including Techniques for Optimizing Light Curing and Bonding

Anne L. Koch, DMD and Jack L. Ferracane, DDS, MS, PhD

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This course takes place in Sunriver, OR. Please register through the Oregon Health Sciences University Office of Continuing Dental Education. Information in the course description.

This course is offered in partnership with Oregon Health Sciences University Office of Continuing Dental Education.

The University of Washington and Oregon Health Sciences University gratefully acknowledge Brasseler and Real World Endo for the educational grant and equipment provided for this course.

Friday afternoon lecture – 2:30pm until dinner:
Safety and Simplicity in Root Canal Instrumentation: Myths, Metal and Motion

Nearly 25 years after 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, we must take advantage of these improvements to create an instrumentation protocol that combines Safety with Simplicity.

As a result of recent advances in metallurgy, we now have both heat treated and non-heat treated rotary files. They each possess different properties and both have indications for use as well as limitations. At Real World Endo, we believe these improvements should be employed to their utmost advantage. Consequently, we have developed a blended technique that combines the advantages of both heat treated and non-heat treated files into one Awesome Endodontic Technique!!!

Lecture Objectives

During this lecture component, participants will learn:

  • How rotary file design influences instrumentation safety and efficiency.
  • The advantages of heat-treated files and how best to use them.
  • The most effective instrument motions available for shaping root canals and their advantages and limitations

Friday Evening – After dinner – Hands-On Session

In this hands-on workshop, our new “Blend Technique” will be introduced and participants will learn how to use it effectively in all root canal types. After attending this workshop, you will improve your instrumentation predictability while dramatically reducing instrument separation. Furthermore, a simple yet effective obturation method will be introduced that combines the latest in material science with endodontic synchronicity for passive, bonded root canal obturation.

All participants will have the opportunity to validate these concepts during the workshop. Get ready to improve your instrumentation predictability and gutta percha cone-fit while dramatically reducing instrument separation. Real World Endo remains dedicated to the preservation of the natural dentition.

Hands-On Session Objectives

At the conclusion of this hands-on workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Fully understand the need to combine the latest technology with long established, evidence-based endodontic principles.
  • Completely understand the need to utilize piezoelectric ultrasonics in both access and three-dimensional irrigation.
  • Fully appreciate the benefits of bioceramic obturation and the incorporation of matching posts.
  • 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.

For the Hands-On Session: Please bring any accessed, extracted teeth you may want to work on.

Saturday morning lecture – Current Status and Future Advances for Dental Composites, Including Techniques for Optimizing Light Curing and Bonding

The current state of dental composites presents the practitioner with many material options having a broad range of physical and optical properties, and handling characteristics. The current materials have evolved based on the needs and requests of dental practitioners desiring materials capable of being used in more extensive applications, and with greater ease of use. While there is not one material that is considered ideal, dentists are able to use existing products, alone or in combination, to produce restorations that are of high quality and with excellent longevity. In the past, the introduction of new formulations was predominantly focused on materials with better esthetics, polishability, handling, and wear resistance. More recently commercial materials have been designed with reduced polymerization shrinkage and shrinkage stress, and enhanced depth of cure for use as bulk-fill restoratives. Looking to the future, the next series of developments will likely be to produce direct composite restoratives with self-adhesive qualities, already present in some flowable and cementing materials, and resin restoratives that are more resistant to the degradatory effects of intraoral hydrolysis and attack from salivary and bacterially derived enzymes. Other developments will likely include materials that are bioactive, interacting with the environment by releasing essential ions for remineralization processes, as well as releasing important molecules capable of recruiting cells to specific sites to aid in the healing and repair of lost tooth structure. Materials capable of repair of internal and external defects can also be envisioned.

Lecture Objectives

Upon completion of this course attendees will:

  • Describe the composition and types of current dental composites and explain how their composition affects their physical and mechanical properties and indications for use.
  • Describe the modifications in dental composite formulation that allows them to be used as bulk-fill restoratives, and identify optimal placement and curing strategies for these materials.
  • Identify and explain important variables that influence the production of optimally light cured and bonded dental resin-based materials.
  • Explain the meaning of bioactive materials and how they can be incorporated into dental composites to provide beneficial effects.
  • Identify the future trends in dental composite restorative materials.


Anne Koch received both her DMD and Certificate in Endodontics from the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the founder and past Director of the Postdoctoral Program in Endodontics at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Following her clinical and academic career, Annie formed her own successful technology and development company, Real World Endo, of which she was CEO and President. Dr. Koch is the holder of multiple patents.

The author of more than one hundred and fifty articles in her prior specialty field, Dr. Koch has presented more than one thousand lectures worldwide. Dr. Koch is an active member of the ADA, AAE, MDS, and BDDS.

Dr. Koch maintains a faculty position at PENN (Department of Endodontics) as well as serving as a Senior Fellow with Penn Medicine. She also is a member of the Board of Overseers for the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.

Jack Ferracane is Professor and Chair of Restorative Dentistry, and Division Director of Biomaterials and Biomechanics at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR. Dr. Ferracane received a BS in Biology from the University of Illinois, and an MS and PhD in Biological Materials from Northwestern University. He is a founding fellow and past-President of the Academy of Dental Materials. He is a past-President of the Dental Materials Group of the International Association for Dental Research. He is a past-President of the American Association for Dental Research. He is the recipient of the Wilmer Souder Award from the Dental Materials Group of the IADR, the Founders Award from the Academy of Dental Materials, and the Hollenback Award from the Academy of Operative Dentistry. He is an honorary member of the American College of Dentists and the Oregon Dental Association. He has recently been inducted as a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. He serves on the editorial board of ten journals, and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Dental Research and Odontology. He serves as a regular member of the Oral, Dental and Craniofacial Sciences Study Section [ODCS] of the NIH/NIDCR. He has authored a textbook entitled Materials in Dentistry. Principles and Applications. He is a co-editor of a textbook entitled Summitt’s Fundamentals of Operative Dentistry. A Contemporary Approach, now in its fourth edition. He has published and lectured extensively on dental materials, including dental composites, adhesives, amalgam, and practice-based dental research. He has provided continuing education at annual meetings of the ADA, British Dental Association, California Dental Association, Chicago Midwinter, Midwest Dental Conference, Oregon Dental Conference, Pacific NW Dental Conference, Southwest Dental Conference, Yankee Dental Congress, and to other professional dental organizations. His current research interests are in developing new monomers for enhanced dental composites, studying the factors that affect biofilm formation around dental composite restorations leading to the recurrence of caries lesions, and the use of bioactive glasses as potential antimicrobial and remineralizing agents in resin-based dental materials. His research is funded by the NIH/NIDCR as well as private industry. He also is actively involved in the establishment and operation of networks designed to conduct dental clinical research in the private practice setting, and is currently involved in a large scale clinical study in the NIH-funded National Dental Practice-based Research Network (NDPBRN) investigating the characteristics and progression of cracked teeth.


  • Drs. Koch and Ferracane have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • The staff of the University of Washington and Oregon Health Sciences University Offices of Continuing Dental Education have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Course Logistics

Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20, 2019

Sunriver Resort
17600 Center Dr
Sunriver, OR 97707

This course is designed for dentists.

Register for this class through the Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) Office of Continuing Dental Education – click here to register online or call 503-494-8857.

Registration: 2:00pm – 2:30pm
Lecture: 2:30pm – 5:30pm
Dinner: 5:30pm-6:30pm
Hands-on Session: 6:30pm – 9:30pm

8:00am to 9:00am Breakfast
9:00am to 12:00pm Lecture
12:00pm to 1:00pm Lunch

TUITION – price includes dinner Friday and lunch Saturday:

CREDITS: 9 hours total

*Price does not include lodging stay. You will need to call Sunriver Resort at 1-800-547-3922 and reference ‘OHSU-Dental School CDE’ for the group discount.

Room rates at $269 per night.

Room reservations need to be made before March 18, 2019 to receive that room rate!!!

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This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between the University of Washington and Oregon Health Sciences University.

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The University of Washington and Oregon Health Sciences University are members of the Association for Continuing Dental Education.

University of Washington and Oregon Health Sciences University designate this activity for 9 continuing education credit hours.