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Overcome endodontic challenges at the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show 2020

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  Posted by: The Probe      1st April 2020

Endodontics is a complex and challenging field of dentistry. It is often an area that dentists are apprehensive about providing treatment. As such, it is crucial for clinicians to access high quality education and training that will help to develop their skills and their confidence.

Alyn Morgan is a Specialist Endodontist, a Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow at Leeds School of Dentistry and an Honorary Secretary of the British Endodontic Society (BES). He has taught at the Eastman Dental Institute and lectured worldwide, and is a Director of U Dentistry, a private practice in Ilkley, West Yorkshire.

He shares what he feels are the main challenges being faced in endodontics today:

“Endodontics is a time consuming and technically difficult procedure. Most dentists in the UK are working in a financially challenging environment and dedicating the time required to achieve a great root canal outcome is very difficult. Advances in equipment and materials have made some aspects of root canal treatment more predictable, but these come at a price many GDPs find difficult to afford. We have an aging population, with many people keen to retain their teeth. Patients quite rightly expect us as a profession to make that happen for them, so we have to find ways of achieving the desired results.”

As in all dental disciplines, case selection is crucial for a successful outcome in endodontics. Assessment of each individual patient needs to be accurate and thorough in order to ensure appropriate treatment is provided. Alyn comments:

“Failure to assess cases properly can lead to a variety of problems. These include unnecessary damage to the tooth under treatment, as well as failure to manage the patient’s expectations and deliver the level of care they have a right to receive. In today’s litigious environment, medico-legal issues can quickly occur in such situations.

“Dentists commonly fail to properly assess the restorability of a tooth and so, whilst the root canal treatment can be undertaken well, the tooth fails in the short-term due to a lack of tooth structure to retain a predictable restoration. Clinicians are also often persuaded into commencing a root canal treatment on a tooth that is beyond their skillset in order to help a patient. Due to the treatment complexity, they may be unable to complete the work and this can damage the tooth considerably.”

Sharing his expertise with colleagues, Alyn will present “Restorability: Case Assessment in Endodontics” within the Speciality Interest Theatre at the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show. Supported by the BES, his session will offer a wealth of information and advice for clinicians looking to enhance their approach to endodontic cases.

“During my session, we’ll be looking at all aspects of case assessment,” he continues. “This includes what makes teeth treatable, how to examine your own skillset with regard to cases taken on and what the treatment options are for the heavily restored teeth that we see every day.

“I hope that delegates will leave with a much better understanding of how to assess the difficulty of a root canal treatment, helping them to avoid falling into any medico-legal pitfalls. They will also develop their knowledge on the importance of restorability as part of the long-term prognosis for teeth.”

In addition to sessions focusing on endodontics, the Speciality Interest Theatre will provide updates on orthodontic and restorative dentistry protocols and concepts. Delegates will have access to several other educational programmes considering everything from aesthetic and digital dentistry to dental implants, as well as core CPD and business-related topics.

Furthermore, the trade floor will provide a chance to discover the latest technologies and products on the market, with on-stand learning opportunities and live demonstrations available throughout. Whatever you’re looking for, the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show 2020 has it all.

“I’ve spoken at the event for the last four years and for me, it’s the one go-to event in the UK dental calendar,” adds Alyn. “It provides a great mix of speakers and CPD opportunities, along with the chance to meet up with like-minded colleagues. The tradeshow element gets all the big players there and it’s a great opportunity to see the latest advances.”

The event is completely free for delegates to attend and online registration is quick and easy to complete. With something for everyone, why not bring your whole team?


The British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show 2020 – 11th and 12th September–Hall 5, Birmingham NEC, co-located with DTS., 020 7348 5270,

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